Sunday, August 8, 2010

Raw Milk and Raw Eggs - Can You Safely Eat Them?

Jump to 2:29 in this next video to see Bill Maher talk about eating a raw egg every day:


Many people are repulsed at the idea of eating raw eggs. Yet most of us have probably eaten raw eggs at some point in foods such as foods such as cake batter, cookie dough, mayonnaise or eggnog. Cooking eggs destroys some of the natural enzymes found in eggs, which is why some people prefer to eat eggs raw. It is true that 1 in 30,000 eggs may contain salmonella poisoning (link). That means that there is a 0.00003 chance of getting salmonella poisoning every time you eat a raw egg. However, if you purchase organic, free range eggs, that risk is significantly reduced (link).

On his website, Dr. Bass (N.D. D.C. Ph.C., Ph.D., D.O., D.Sc., D.D.) promotes eating raw egg yolks. "With the addition of raw egg yolk, and possibly raw milk cheese or Ricotta (or instead of cheese, a small amount of raw or steamed fish once or twice a week of about 3 1/2 to 4 oz. a serving), we should have an ultimate raw diet, or near one" (Link).

A famous Medical Doctor and health food specialist named Dr. Mercola also is a fan of eating raw egg yolks, as he eats 2 raw every morning. (Link)

It may be wise to avoid eating raw egg whites and just eat the yolk because avidin, a vitamin B7 (biotin) inhibitor, is found in raw egg whites.

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