It's one thing to be a fan of sunny-side-up eggs and other runny yolk preparations, but it's another story to eat just straight-up raw eggs. As Boing Boing points out, it's not always safe given the salmonella risk factor but raw eggs are a great source of Vitamins B12 and D and protein. They are popular in different international cuisines: tamago kake gohan is a Japanese breakfast of raw egg on rice and zabaione is an Italian dessert of raw yolks and sugar whipped together. According to one commenter:
There is no evidence that raw eggs are any more nutritious than cooked. Denaturing the proteins does not mean any amino acids are lost. However, there is some evidence that uncooked egg whites are less nutritious than cooked whites, with one study finding cooked eggs inhibit protein digestion enough to make one egg roughly half as nutritious in protein.
I've had a raw yolk every morning for the past 4-5 years with no issue. As a healthy young adult, I am not particularly afraid of egg salmonella should it come. Raw yolks are an incredibly quick and easy way to eat breakfast protein for people who do not have a lot of time on their hands.
Do you feel safe eating raw eggs? Or is well-done the way to go?
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