This is a very simple shake recipe but one which has great health benefits for the body. Surprisingly, it contains a raw egg! Why would you want to consume raw egg, you may be asking – surely this is dangerous because of the risks of Salmonella? Take a look at the video below and then check out our information on the benefits of eggs and what you could gain from eating raw eggs, then you can decide for yourself.
Ingredients You Will Need
- 2 cups raw organic milk (if you do not have, or do not want to use raw milk, any milk, even a dairy substitute such as almond or soy milk could be used)
- 1/2 banana
- 1 raw egg
- 1 scoop Pro Optimal Whey Strawberry flavor
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Whizz all the ingredients together, you don’t really need a counter top blender, just a simple stick blender will do!
What Are The Health Benefits Of Eating Eggs?
If you think about it, an egg is a complete food, it is everything a mother hen gives her chick to grow strong and healthy. She does not feed her babies in the womb as a human mother does but she does provide it with all the food it will need until it hatches, in the neat parcel we call an egg!
- A rich source of the vitamin B-12 (also known as Riboflavin), which actually helps the body to break down fats as well as protein and carbohydrates.
- A good source of Lecithin which helps to lower cholesterol.
- A source of choline which older people may find helps their memory.
- Rich in Folate. Anyone at risk of Folate deficiency will find that the 24 mcg of Folate that an egg contains will avoid the need for supplementation if eggs are eaten regularly
- A very good source of protein. If fact there is around 6 grams of protein in just one egg.
- A rich source of phosphorous. Although it may sound like something from a chemistry experiment, phosphorous is an element needed by every cell in our bodies for correct functioning.
- A good source of minerals Calcium and Selenium as well as providing trace amounts of iron, zinc and copper.
But Why Eat Raw Eggs?
But although this is an explanation of why eggs are so good for us, it does not explain why anyone would choose to eat raw eggs. These have had a bad press in the past, with salmonella scares making everyone think that eating a raw egg is a recipe for disaster. The hype surrounding the risks has been published for good reasons but eating eggs from a known source, preferably organically produced and as fresh as possible (and always ensuring that there are no cracks in the shell before you start), carries a very low risk indeed and many people feel that the benefits far outweigh any risk of becoming sick.
The Facts Are:
- cooking eggs changes the nature of the fats and proteins they contain.
- Heating fats can result in the production of trans-fats which are definitely bad with a capital B!
- In some cases, people who are allergic to cooked eggs can tolerate raw eggs because their allergy may be caused by the changes to the structure of the protein molecules when cooked.
- Raw eggs also provide a great boost for the immune system.
Let’s Put The Risks Into Perspective!
Only one in about 20,000 eggs produced is contaminated with Salmonella according to statistics published on the American Egg Board (AEB)website. This means that if you choose to eat raw eggs for their health benefits, at average consumption rates, you might get a contaminated one every 84 years or so! Even so, safe practices are important and you can read more on this page of the AEB website.