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In the Kitchen 12-15-2006 07:40 AM

Raw Eggs
 
I don't want to think my mother was wrong but this has always bothered me. When we were all at home, our mother used to fix us raw eggs w/banana and milk. If it wasn't oatmeal, she would give us this for breakfast. Since that time drinking raw eggs is supposedly not good for you. Our mother grew up on a farm and her family drank the same thing. I still think eggs have food value even if everyone says differently.

You think eating organic eggs would be wrong too?

Thanks

Andy M. 12-15-2006 09:24 AM

My mom used to put a raw egg in a glass of milk with some sugar and cinnamon and give it a couple of stirs with a spoon and called it eggnog. That was breakfast for a long time.

Current information states that one egg in 20,000 can have salmonella contamination. The risk is clearly low.

Eggs are high in protein but also very high in cholesterol and fat. Eat them in moderation if you like them.

urmaniac13 12-15-2006 10:25 AM

I would never swallow a raw egg myself, though we use raw eggs in our Tiramisu and some other sweets, also in many of the recipes eggs are at the point of "rare". (for example, spaghetti alla carbonara, egg is heated only by the freshly boiled piping hot spaghetti while being tossed together)
In these cases, we make darn sure to use the fresh eggs, produced within 2 days.

Yes, eggs are great asset for your balanced healthy diet, as long as, as Andy said, you eat them in moderation.

Candocook 12-15-2006 10:59 AM

Organic eggs are just eggs from hens raised under different/stringent conditons. Eggs are an excellent food. Their role in cholesterol has changed recently also. I drank raw egg eggnogs as a child also and probably would today, if I wanted one.
And I don't think I have really heard anyone say they don't have food value. That flies in the face of fact. For 100 calories, you get a lot of nutrition.

Andy M. 12-15-2006 11:12 AM

I agree eggs have food value, but at a high price.

The American Heart Association healthy heart diet for individuals with heart problems or who have had a heart attack is a maximum of 200 mg of cholesterol daily. For healthy individuals, the limit is 300 mg per day. Eggs, with over 200 mg of cholesterol per egg are not the best way to get the nutrition you need.

ChefJune 12-15-2006 11:22 AM

I make eggnog every Christmas -- from RAW eggs -- and no one has ever gotten sick on them. Fresh eggs, properly handled, kept chilled or heated to the proper temp... use your good sense... :chef:

Silver 12-15-2006 11:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Andy M.
I agree eggs have food value, but at a high price.

The American Heart Association healthy heart diet for individuals with heart problems or who have had a heart attack is a maximum of 200 mg of cholesterol daily. For healthy individuals, the limit is 300 mg per day. Eggs, with over 200 mg of cholesterol per egg are not the best way to get the nutrition you need.

Andy, it's my understanding (although I haven't read them myself) that there are several studies out now that show that the dietary cholesterol in eggs has little to no impact on blood cholesterol. While I've read this several times in the past year or two, even the "Living Better" heart health series of advertisements on the radio report this.

The general school of thought re eggs these days is that one or two a day is not only acceptable, but even recommended (of course it depends on who you talk to) without having any negative impact on blood triglycerides.

I'm not a doctor, though...so this post is just a recounting of my understanding of information that I've heard and/or seen.

jennyema 12-15-2006 11:43 AM

Who says eggs don't have food value?

bethzaring 12-15-2006 01:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jennyema
Who says eggs don't have food value?

the original post implied that.

My scientific study of nutrition taught that dietary cholestrol, including eggs, has no effect on human blood serum cholestrol levels. Saturated fats DO elevate blood serum cholestrol. Eggs also have saturated fats, but in the nutrition community, eggs are considered an excellent food, not to be avoided.

In the Kitchen 12-15-2006 03:29 PM

Still Here
 
I guess I am among group who had raw eggs when they were young. Great! And we are all still here. I don't think eggs have changed that much that one should avoid them. I love them no matter how they are fixed. Really like to make different meals w/them but one thing family not fond of. Quiche not allowed and i do like it when i fix it. what is better than crisp bacon in scrambled egg?

Thanks for your time. Does make me feel like I am not alone in this view of eggs. I do like home made egg nog the best.


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