DailyDirt: Raw Eggs Are Healthy..?

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Maybe you like Caesar salads or the supposed health benefits of drinking raw eggs (a la Rocky Balboa), and you already know about the risks of Salmonella. Well, there's some good news for you: you might be able to get some pasteurized eggs that are virtually indistinguishable from conventional raw eggs. While previous pasteurization methods made eggs a bit thicker in texture, food scientists have been working on fixing that. Here are just a few links on eating raw eggs, if that's your thing. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 4th, 2014 @ 5:19pm

    European Eggs not refrigerated

    In Europe they do not wash the protective cuticle coating that is naturally present when an egg is laid. Once you remove this cover the egg shell is now more vulnerable to bacteria. Even this wouldn't be too bad, but they then get refrigerated in the US. This means that when the cold eggs are exposed to the warmer, more moist air at room temperature, moisture can form on the shell due to condensation. This moisture would allow bacteria to cling right to the shell and potentially contaminate the egg.

    Basically once it gets cold, it has to stay that way. If you prefer your eggs room temp, buy from a local farmer.

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    mariush (profile), Apr 4th, 2014 @ 5:20pm

    Actually, you guys in US have to keep the eggs refrigerated because the regulations require producers to clean the eggs and destroy a natural layer of protection of the eggs in process.

    In Europe, washing eggs isn't common, and also most eggs can be kept without refrigeration for a few days without any problems.

    There's a very good article on Forbes about these differences between US and Europe : http://www.forbes.com/sites/nadiaarumugam/2012/10/25/why-american-eggs-would-be-illegal-in-a-british -supermarket-and-vice-versa/3/

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    McCrea (profile), Apr 4th, 2014 @ 10:17pm

    Because millennium egg.

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    Ole Juul (profile), Apr 5th, 2014 @ 2:09am

    Re: European Eggs not refrigerated

    I only get local (so called "farm") eggs. They're not remotely like city eggs. The yokes are yellow and they're fresh. I still can't get used to eating them raw though. When I was a kid and for many years thereafter I used to love raw eggs, but all the advertising about salmonella has spoiled my appetite.

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 5th, 2014 @ 5:24am

    Greed. That's why hens are cramped in small cages in megafactories, or in "coops" 5000 at once with half a square foot for each. Then, there is an issue of hens' fast breathing (+lack of ventilation) and standing in poop whole day. Disaster by greedy design.

    Of course, it is possible to do it free range with minimally increased costs, but that cuts into profits. They don't care: you pay the price of poisoning.

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 5th, 2014 @ 12:49pm

    There is no salmonella in Swedish eggs

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    Fred17, Apr 6th, 2014 @ 2:08pm


    Eggs are making a comeback now that Kellogs hasn't funded any more "scientific" studies.

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