Would you or wouldn’t you eat raw egg yolks? It’s definitely not something I would have considered doing five years ago. The thought of eating raw yolks was kind of gross yet a pretty badass move. Watching the bravery of Rocky Balboa shooting down raw eggs first thing in the morning as well watching my father shoot them down during my adolescence before his workout would make me quiver with disgust. Although the thought of shooting raw egg yolks into my mouth isn’t appealing whatsoever, adding them to my delicious breakfast smoothies is right up my alley.
Raw egg yolks are a very nutrient dense whole food. The yolk has all the good stuff in them like essential fatty acids, antioxidants, protein, healthy fats, and loads of vitamins and minerals. In fact, the valuable fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K are stored in the yolk. These vitamins work together to build and produce hormones. Vitamin K2 is critical for protecting your heart and brain and is only found in yolks, grass-fed organic animals products, fermented foods, liver, and certain cheeses.
The yolk is also rich in vitamin B. The vitamin B family houses 8 members and they work synergistically to keep our brain healthy, give us energy, and keep our bodies running like well-oiled machines. Choline is a nutrient related to the B vitamins and is responsible for liver function, brain development, muscle movement, increasing energy levels, and metabolism maintenance. Yup…raw eggs yolks are rich in choline too.
People get confused about eggs having too much cholesterol that will clog your arteries and give you heart disease. The reality is that there are two types of cholesterol, LDL (the bad one) and HDL (the good one). Egg yolks from pastured organic chickens contain HDL, the good cholesterol, which is essential for hormone and neurotransmitter production (i.e. you feel juicy and happy). While LDL (the bad one) comes from conventional vegetable oils, butter, and bacon fat. Cholesterol is also necessary for the production of vitamin D.
Some folks are allergic to eggs or are intolerant to them. They get symptoms of gas, bloat, stomach pain/cramping, vomiting, heartburn, diarrhea, and nausea. Although eggs are one of the most common allergens, eating raw egg yolks only is much less likely to trigger an allergic reaction, so even sensitive individuals may be able to tolerate them. Most people are intolerant only to the egg white (albumen) due to the inability to properly absorb them. Clearly, you know your body best so be aware of any symptoms that may call for emergency help.
Are they safe to eat? Make sure you are buying pastured organic fresh eggs from a reputable source. A common concern is getting salmonella from consuming raw eggs. However, if you buy pastured organic fresh eggs from a sustainable source it’s most likely that those chickens had lots of sun and a healthy diet and therefore won’t have much salmonella to pass onto their eggs. Plus, according to Dr. Mercola’s web site, only 1 in 30,000 eggs even has a salmonella problem.
If you’re bold enough, you can consume your egg yolks like shooters. Otherwise, you can blend them into a smoothie, making it extra nutrient-dense, in drinks, homemade mayonnaise, or in soup once it has cooled down a bit.
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