4. Raw eggs can poison you
Did you know it can be dangerous to eat raw eggs once you’re 50+?
It’s true that eggs are good for you as they contain plenty of protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals – like Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, phosphorus and selenium. The average egg is only around 78 calories, with 6g of protein and 5g of fat, making them a low calorie, nutrient packed snack.
When eggs are uncooked though, they can be very harmful to your health, as studies show they carry a salmonella risk and can poison you. Seniors are more likely to suffer adverse health consequences from salmonella poisoning, so the over 50’s should avoid eating raw eggs. This includes foods and drinks that contain undercooked eggs, like hollandaise sauce and eggnog.
There’s another benefit from eating your eggs properly cooked, as this way you’ll absorb more of the protein they contain. One study found that people who ate raw eggs absorbed only 50% of the protein content, while those who ate cooked eggs consumed 90%!
Ultimately, it’s best to consume your eggs properly cooked, not raw – but luckily there are many safe ways to enjoy this ultra-healthy snack. You can choose from scrambled, poached, or boiled – or, why not whip up a tasty omelette, with some peppers, spinach and a little parmesan?