I remember watching an old episode of chips, where Ponch broke an egg in a glass and drank. I did it in the past with the erroneous belief that it would make me stronger.
Raw eggs can be dangerous for eating and you should always cook your eggs before eating.
Eggs Health Tips From the FDA
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reminds consumers to pay special attention to handling eggs and manufacturing food containing eggs during this holiday season.
Some holiday favorites, such as cookie dough, homemade eggnog, and some fillings, may contain eggs that are raw or cooked. Eggs sometimes contain a bacterium called salmonella, which can cause disease if the eggs have not been processed and cooked properly. ONE
The FDA / FSIS 2006 Food Safety survey found that cookie dough is one of the main sources of raw egg in the American diet and that only 3% of respondents always use a thermometer for food cooked egg dishes such as filling .
To avoid egg-related illnesses from holiday foods:
- Do not eat unbleached cookie dough.
- Cook cooked eggs containing dishes at 160 degrees F.
- Make recipes that require raw or boiled eggs such as eggnog, eggs that have been processed to destroy salmonella or pasteurized egg products.
It is estimated that 118,000 diseases per year are caused by the consumption of eggs infected with NA. To help consumers avoid these diseases, the FDA requires the following statement on packages of fresh eggs that have not been processed to destroy salmonella:
Safe handling instructions: To avoid the disease from the bacteria, keep the eggs cold, cook the eggs until the yolks are firm and cook the foods containing eggs thoroughly.
Following these guidelines is important for everyone, but especially for those who are more vulnerable to food-borne illness – young children. the elderly; people with a weakened immune system due to conditions such as AIDS, cancer or diabetes, or treatments such as cancer chemotherapy, people with impaired immune system due to steroid use; and immunosuppressed individuals after organ transplantation.
What about Eggnog? This is poured straight out of the carton at Christmas is not it? Well the egg sold in stores in North America is pasteurized. Using a pasteurized product means no further cooking is required.