I used to look in horror when I saw people eat raw eggs in the past, wondering if it was safe, and why on earth they would want to do such a thing. Nowadays I understand exactly why eating raw eggs is something that so many people find appealing, although it is certainly not something I have been able to convince myself to do, and still not something I am all that comfortable witnessing either.
So why do people eat raw eggs?
This is a very common question, and one that I am going to aim to answer in this article by pointing out what the nutritional values of raw egg look like, and how these can differ to cooked eggs. Additionally I will cover the difference in calories in raw eggs to cooked ones.
Why is it that people eat raw eggs?
The fact is that there are several nutritional benefits that come from eating raw eggs, none more so than the fact they provide you with a wealth of each of the following nutrients:
* Vitamin A
* Vitamin B2
* Vitamin B5
* Vitamin B12
* Vitamin E
* Vitamin D
* Vitamin K
Not only do uncooked eggs include the nutrients listed above, but they also provide over 5 grams of protein and a large dose of essential fatty acids and tryptophan.
Surely these are reason enough to give eating raw eggs a go.
Vitamin D for instance is a mineral that can’t be obtained from many food sources, it is generally a vitamin that you get from exposing your skin to sunlight. So a good food source is always a positive way to subsidise what is an important nutrient to your body.
It is also a fact that various nutrients can be reduced when heated, so when you are frying, or boiling your eggs, you are losing out on some of the nutrition they have to offer in their natural form. Although it is also true that some nutrients can be enhanced with heat, I have to point out that one of the ones lessened is vitamin D.
One plus to consuming an egg that has been heated in some way is that the protein is actually more easily digested.
If you think there could be a risk of salmonela from eating eggs that are raw, then you would be correct. However, the risk is one that is rather minimal, 1 in 30,000 according to the risk analysis journal.
Do raw eggs have less calories?
Another popular question I hear people asking is, ‘are there less calories in raw eggs?’.
This is a very good question, and the answer is that in a 1.6 oz raw chicken egg there are 63 calories, and in a 1.6 oz fried egg there are 92 calories. The difference is not epic, but enough to give another thumbs up to consuming uncooked eggs.
As you can see the answer to the key question, ‘is eating raw eggs nutritious?’ is in fact a positive yes, but it is all down to whether or not you can stomach consuming them this way yourself, as much like marmite, they are either appealing or appauling!