Sylvester Stallone And Akshay Kumar Drank Raw Whole Eggs. Should You Do It Too?
You have seen ‘Rocky’, we all have. If you haven’t, stop reading this and go watch it. Just kidding! Well, if you have seen the movie, you must remember the scene where Stallone cracks open a bunch of eggs and gulps them down. Little did he know that what he just did would be followed by generations to come. Of course, blindly, just like bodybuilding and fitness in general functions. Even Akshay Kumar picked it up from ‘Rocky’ and did the same thing in ‘Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi’. Now, accept the fact that at some point, even you have thought of consuming raw eggs. With this article I’ll break down the science or rather, the ‘bro-science’ behind eating raw eggs.
Eggs: The Most Potent Protein Source
Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods on this planet. Also, it’s the most potent protein source which contains all the 9 essential amino acids. While egg whites basically contain just protein, an egg yolk contains fats, vitamin A, vitamin B, selenium, phosphorus and foliates. If you want to lose weight or gain muscle, eggs are your best bet. The satiety feeling that you get after consuming a whole egg prevents you from eating unhealthy stuff and empty calories, thereby helping you in your weight loss.
Forms of Consumption
Apart from boiled eggs and omelets, some dudes simply drink the eggs. The logic behind is that first, it’s convenient- takes no time at all. Boiling them or preparing a recipe takes time. Second, some people think that consuming them in the raw form will actually help the body to absorb the protein better. Well, that’s not true.
Does the body absorb raw eggs better?
Since I want you to believe scientific facts and not what some ‘guru ji’ says, I will answer this question with a study that was conducted by Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Gastrointestinal Research Centre, Belgium. This study showed that digestibility of eggs in the raw form is less than the boiled/cooked form. While cooked eggs were 80% absorbed by the body, raw eggs were absorbed only by 50%. So the protein for which you are eating eggs in the raw form, the chances are that your body is not able to digest and absorb that protein from the raw eggs.
Consuming Raw Eggs ‘May’ Also Be Unhealthy
Not just the absorption, but consuming raw eggs may cause food poisoning in a few cases. Uncooked eggs may contain harmful bacteria called Salmonella. Though it is not very common, if the source of eggs is not hygienic, the eggs may be contaminated. The best way to make sure that the egg is bacteria-free is to cook the egg and then consume it.
Hence, it is okay to be motivated by watching Rocky’s workout but don’t get carried away with everything that you see onscreen or hear around you. While eggs are a nutritious food for you, the best way to consume them is to boil or cook them and not to have them in their raw form.
Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer , Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of thewebsite where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him throughFacebook andYoutube.
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