You may be thinking, "Raw eggs?! What? What about salmonella poisoning?"
Eggs have also gotten a bad (and untrue) reputation of raising cholesterol levels, whereas uncooked eggs have to deal with the unjustified, salmonella reputation.
I will clarify those two myths, but first let me explain the connection between eggs and glutathione!
Uncooked egg whites are one of only two sources that contain beta-lactoglobulin and serum albumin.
Beta-lactoglobulin and serum albumin are proteins that contain a unique bond of two glutathione precursors: glutamyl (a form of glutamic acid) and cysteine. This unique bond is called glutamyl-cysteine
So, glutamyl-cysteine is two of the three glutathione precursors put together.
In other words, glutamyl-cysteine is 2/3 of a glutathione molecule! (The other 1/3 is glycine which is easily made in the body and abundantly found in the foods we eat.)
There are only two kinds of proteins available in our food that have beta-lactoglobulin and serum albumin. They are undenatured (intact, whole, unheated) whey proteins and raw egg white proteins.
The egg white has to be raw and not scrambled or mixed (like in a shake) because when you heat or cook or mix, the very delicate proteins, beta-lactoglobulin and serum albumin, WILL be destroyed!
So you take an egg and you crack it open in a glass and you drink up! Cheers!
What about higher cholesterol?
Actually, raw eggs have good cholesterol! This is why eggs are considered food for the brain. Did you know up to 20% of our brains are composed of cholesterol? It is partly because of the cholesterol in meat and eggs that humans are an intelligent species. Also, vitamin D and sex hormones are also constructed of cholesterol. (Believe it or not, too low cholesterol contributes to low sex drive.)
Furthermore, 2/3 of cholesterol in the body is produced by the liver. The amount of cholesterol consumed in the diet does NOT relate to the amount of cholesterol deposited in our arteries.(1)
Studies have already shown how the cholesterol in eggs does NOT raise the cholesterol level in our body.
Finally, eggs contain lecithin. Lecithin metabolizes fat and dramatically inhibits the absorption of cholesterol!
What about Salmonella Poisoning?
Salmonella poisoning is not the scary thing it has been made out to be for three very specific reasons:
Although salmonella poisoning is a serious infection, it poses little risk to healthy people. In healthy individuals, salmonella poisoning is actually self-limiting, meaning it has a set course and it dies off in a matter of hours without any intervention needed.
You may get diarrhea and feel nauseous, but it will pass quickly. You can speed up the healing by taking a pro-biotic (beneficial bacteria) supplement every half hour or even eating fermented foods, which are packed with beneficial bacteria.
Thankfully, the chances of you even getting salmonella in the first place are VERY low!
A study done in 2002 revealed that only ONE EGG out of 30,000 eggs is contaminated with salmonella.(2)
The study, done by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, revealed that out of the 69 BILLION eggs produced annually, only 2.3 million had salmonella. (1 egg out of 30 THOUSAND)
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If you want to reduce the chances of getting an infected egg to practically zero, purchase only cage-free, organically-fed, high-quality eggs from healthy chickens who are allowed to roam outside in the sunlight (chickens LOVE the sun) and eat bugs and worms! Healthy chickens DO NOT lay sick eggs, only sick chickens lay salmonella infected eggs.
Where do you get high-quality eggs from chickens who are TRULY free range, cage free, organically fed, and high in Omega 3's?
At your local supermarket, "cage free" "free range" and "organic" eggs usually carry a "special" price tag.
The profit margin for these eggs is high, yet USDA standards for cage free can mean not in a "cage" yet still stuck in a closed environment with artificial lighting surrounded with many other chickens and no room to move.
"Free range" can mean allowed to go outside for at least five minutes. Five minutes? Chickens need lots of sunlight and are healthier for it and so are their eggs!
Better solutions are to try your local farmers market. There you can usually meet the actual farmers and ask questions about their methods, what they feed the chickens, etc.
You can even visit a chicken farm and see for yourself how they raise their chickens and what they are fed.
---The more orange the egg yolk the more nutritious and high in Vitamin A the egg is!
---More yellow or light yellow egg yolks are not as nutritious.
If you are adventurous enough, you might even try, raising a few chickens yourself. You think I am kidding? Nope. The number of people who have their own "backyard chickens" or "urban chickens" has EXPLODED in recent years.(3)
People are sick of high prices for low quality food, not knowing where their food came from, and the rising food crisis and are thus, taking back control of their food! This is another reason why "victory gardens" are making a HUGE comeback!
To know EXACTLY where your food comes from and what is in it becomes a reality through backyard gardening and backyard chickens! It is very emotionally-satisfying and physically-healthy for people to connect with the food they put in their bodies and feed to their children!
Interestingly, new city ordinances are meeting the demand as more and more have laws written in the books to allow people to raise chickens in their backyard. Even people living in apartments are keeping a couple chickens in coops on their balconies and patios.
Benefits of eating raw eggs:
Whole raw eggs contain MANY nutrients (more so than cooked eggs as heating destroys many nutrients).
I already shared, at the beginning of this page, how eggs containing glutamyl-cysteine, a bond of two of the three glutathione precursors. - (ONLY available when raw, though!)
On top of that, whole eggs contain many minerals and vitamins including, iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium, molybdenum, choline, biotin, manganese, zinc, selenium, sulphur, copper, riboflavin, niacin, iodine, lutein, phosphorous, trytophan, zeaxanthin, and Vitamins A, B2, B5, B6, B12, D, E, and K.
Egg yolks are one of the rare foods that have vitamin D.
Eggs also have proteins (5.5 GRAMS OF PROTEIN), essential fatty acids, sulphur amino acids (anti-aging), lecithin (processes fats and cholesterol) and Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
The protein in is fully absorbed by the body!
Some say eating raw egg whites can lead to a biotin deficiency. Yes, it can, BUT, interestingly, raw egg yolks are abundant in biotin. Our Creator is not an idiot.
Egg as a whole (whites and yolk) is a very balanced food AND balancing to our bodies! Do not just eat the white or the yolk but eat the WHOLE egg!
In doing so, you will be feeding your body some very essential nutrients for the brain, glands, nerves, hormones, bones, muscles, and even cells.
Aajonus Vonderplanitz, a strong proponent of raw eggs, credits, in part, a diet rich in raw eggs to saving his life. His incredible story can be read here: We Want to Live: The Primal Diet
NOTE: allergies to eggs are really only to cooked eggs, not RAW eggs!
Everyone should incorporate raw eggs into their diet for all the reasons mentioned above. In fact, three whole raw eggs make a very high protein (about 16.5 grams protein) and highly nutrient dense complete meal.
However, it is proven that food sources for our glutathione needs in today's modern world will only raise our glutathione levels, at most, by 40%.
Even undenatured whey protein only raises glutathione levels by 30-35% (which is why companies who sell whey protein for glutathione purposes, never, or rarely, share that.)
And yet, the VERY toxic world that we live in now, (on top of rampant nutritionally-deficient foods) requires that we supplement our diet in a way that wasn't necessary even just 50 years ago.
So please consider eating raw eggs for the myriad of endless benefits and supplementing your diet with a powerful glutathione accelerator!
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