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Raw Eggs: Should They Be Your Protein Supplement?

There are a few of scenes in the first Rocky that stand out. There's the scene where he runs up the steps at the Philadelphia Art Museum of Art, the surprise ending to the final fight, and, of course,the ending where he calls out “Adrian!”

Then there’s scene where he cracks eggs into a glass and drinks the whole thing down. Most of us gag at the mere thought of it, but there he is on screen cracking the eggs directly into the glass and glugging it down. (Sylvester Stallone has no one to blame but himself; he famously wrote the screenplay in just three days.) Was he the first to do this? Did Stallone invent this strange egg drinking idea?

Egg drinking has been around for more than 100 years and started with Bernarr Macfadden, an early advocate of health and fitness. He told his followers to eat whole grains (yay!), fruits and vegetables (excellent!) and raw eggs (aww...well, two out of three ain’t bad).

Famous bodybuilders like Charles Atlas and pre-famous Arnold Schwarzenegger advocated drinking them. Unfortunately, they might have been doing more harm than good...

So What’s Wrong With It?

The protein in raw eggs isn’t easily absorbed, delivering only about half of their protein to benefit your muscles. Raw eggs also contain a large amount of avidin, which binds to biotin and prevents your body from using the biotin to metabolize fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.

Even worse...

There’s also a significant danger in eating raw eggs. Eggs can also carry salmonella enteritidis, a sickness that causes fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. When you are infected with this bacteria and have these symptoms, you’re going to be in bad shape for seven to ten days, meaning that you’re not going to be exercising much during that time. Any protein benefit you get from the eggs if more than offset by the amount of time you lose in the gym, not to mention the incredible discomfort and time off from work.

So What’s The Alternative?

Protein supplements! (You probably saw that coming.) The protein supplements we sell here at OhYeah! such as protein powders, shakes, and protein bars are a great way to get your protein in an easily-digestible, safe way.

Eating raw eggs is a challenge that we’re well beyond. Instead, use great-tasting protein supplements when you need that extra protein in your diet. Go with OhYeah!



Alex Bennett
Alex Bennett


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