Recently a friend of mine started to eat raw eggs as part of a morning, get jacked ritual. Not only did I find that gross, but it made me curious as to if this concept, of eating raw eggs was better for you than eating their counterpart, a deliciously prepared sunny side up egg. (In truth I like scrambled, but it made the story sound better and makes for a cool picture.)
The theory behind why a raw egg would be better for you is that during the cooking process the proteins of an egg become denatured. This is the process of the protein structure changing its form, similar to rubics cube after playing with it for an hour. All the pieces are still their they just look a bit different.
It is important to note that egg protein is what is considered a full protein. This means that an egg provides all the essential amino acids for our body. Proteins are made up of amino acids, some of which our body CAN NOT make. The ones we can’t make are called essential, as in it is essential we get the from our diet.
List of amino acids:
Now back to the cooked vs. raw discussion. A study done in 1998 by Evenepoel et al. (et al means and a bunch of other people) tested this theory. They gave 5 people a cooked egg meal and a raw egg meal. They then tested to see how much of the proteins was absorbed using a blow test. They had them blow on a devise which would read how much of the proteins were left after consumption. The results:
Raw Egg – 50% of the proteins were absorbed
Cooked Egg – 90% of the proteins were absorbed
How can this be? If raw food is suppose to better than how can a cooked egg be better for us? Well it is assumed that due to the denaturing process our body is more receptive of the new break down in the proteins, the denatured process. This allows the peptides, fancy word for proteins, to adhere more easily to their receptors.
So with this new knowledge please cook your eggs. Not only do they taste MUCH better, but it is much more healthy for you.
If you would like to learn more about other nutritional of health related facts send me a message and I will do my best to find the answer for you.