Scrambed! 10 Hilarious Myths About Eggs
Boiled, fried or scrambled, do you agree that eggs are tasty and delicious?
Several people’s belief about food has either stopped them from tapping into the rich nutrient they offer or deprived others from enjoying natural goodness.
Myths about eggs exist and the truth about them in most cases is unknown because the myths are passed down from generation to generation.
For example, in Mid-West Nigeria, there is a myth that states feeding a child eggs or meat would make the child covetous, the child would steal to satisfy his/her urge to eat more and become a thief.
It’s strange and people actually believe it which makes them deprive children of food important for their growth and development.
Funny yet informative, you’d be surprised what you will learn as we crack 10 myths about eggs;
1. Yellow Yolks are better and more nutritious than White Yolks
The colour of egg yolks are influenced by the bird’s diet.
So if the poultry birds are fed with white corn, they will lay eggs that have white yolks, same scenario with feeding them with yellow corn.
It would interest you to know that a pigment called Xanthophylls, found in plants, is responsible for the colour of yolks in eggs.
Some commercial feed add it to their poultry products to affect the desired colour to the egg’s yolk.
Many egg eaters assume the darker the yolk, the nutritious the egg, but that’s not true.
Although, what birds eat will affect the quality of the egg, the colour of the yolk does not reflect the nutritional status.
2. Drinking raw eggs is the best for muscle growth and fitness
You may have seen a body builder or celebrity break raw eggs into a smoothie, drinking it and flexing muscles in movies or an ad, you may be surprised to find out boiled eggs provide more nutrients compared to raw eggs.
Eggs are best benefitted from when they are cooked because the contents cannot be properly absorbed by the body in its raw form.
Also, drinking raw eggs predisposes you to swallowing Salmonella, a bacterium that can make you very ill.
So, avoid food containing raw eggs such as home-made mayonnaise, biscuit mix and raw cake mix.
3. Egg white is beneficial on the skin
The internet especially social media beauty enthusiasts parade or praise egg whites to be a facial ingredient that treats spots and eliminates wrinkle, but it doesn’t work that way.
It only makes your face feel soft and when you wash it off, your face goes back to its former state.
Moreover, the danger of applying egg white to your face is more than the potential benefits, some of which include;
a. Infection: Bacteria are usually present in eggs. Applying raw eggs on your face especially if you have any recent cuts, scrapes or wounds which are a good medium for bacteria to penetrate into your body puts you at risk of becoming infected.
b. The egg white mask could run off your face and drip onto surfaces such as sinks and furniture. These surfaces become contaminated and become favourable for the growth of micro-organisms; honestly, you do not want your home to be a breeding ground for bacteria.
However, eggs are beneficial to the skin when they are eaten.
There are safer ingredients to hydrate and exfoliate your face in order to remove dark spots or minimize wrinkles some of which are; coconut oil (for moisture), vitamin c (to brighten your skin), hydroxyl acids (to help exfoliate dead skin cells) and niacin aka vitamin b (for healing damage to the skin by harsh sunlight).
4. Washing eggs before use is not important.
Most of the eggs in the market have bacteria from chicken dropping (poo) or dirt on the outside of their shells which can enter egg through cracks you may not see.
Washing eggs before use is a must because when you try to crack them open, the shells could fall into the bowl and contaminate it, even if you take them out after.
In fact, you need to take into consideration the following about eggs;
Before you buy;
a. Avoid self-serve eggs; Self-serve eggs are eggs you select from a bulk display either by the road side or a stall. They are not to be bought because you can’t tell where they are from, how they have been handled or their “best before” date as they do not come branded in cartons.
b. Take note that larger eggs have thinner shells and are very likely to crack and let in bacteria.
c. Do not buy eggs that are very dirty
Before you use:
a. In a bowl, add warm (not hot) water (washing eggs with cold water makes the shell very porous for bacteria to enter the egg).
b. Insert the eggs into the water and wipe them clean.
c. Rinse the egg under running water.
d. Gently dry the eggs.
e. Use immediately or refrigerate.
f. Store eggs in a clean bowl and ensure the bowl is cleaned between uses.
g. If the eggs are extremely dirty, please toss them away.
5. Chewing and swallowing egg shells in your food can kill you
Egg shells are not harmful to the body; no study has ever revealed it to be poisonous.
So if you mistakenly swallow it, which is a good reason to wash eggs before use, it will not hurt you.
Although, swallowing egg shells in large quantity can injure the oesophagus.
It’s not normal for a person to feast on eggshells except the person has a mental condition, which involves eating non-nutritive and non-food substances, called PICA.
6. Eggs with Blood Spot are not safe to eat
Droplets of blood can be sometimes seen on the surface of egg yolks.
This does not mean that your egg has been enchanted; on the contrary, the blood spots form naturally due to the rupturing of blood vessels in the hen ovaries during the egg laying process.
They are safe to eat inasmuch as you boil or scramble them well but you can scrape the spot or discard if you are not comfortable eating them like that.
7. Egg Yolks are bad, only the Egg Whites are Healthy
Egg yolks contain valuable vitamins, mineral and Omega 3.
It also has high level of cholesterol (a wax like substance produced by the body often linked to heart diseases).
This has made people discard yolks for decades and choose other protein substitutes.
It may seem logical that eating cholesterol in your food would raise blood cholesterol levels but it does not happen that way.
Naturally, the liver produces cholesterol which is essential in the production of essential hormones such as oestrogen and testosterone, production of bile acids that helps to digest fat.
When you eat eggs, the liver produces less and when you eat food low in cholesterol, the liver produces more.
Research suggests that eating eggs regularly is safe for people with heart diseases. It all boils down to moderation.
Several studies have shown that beneficial or neutral effects on heart disease risks.
8. Water from Boiling Eggs is dangerous
If you washed your eggs as recommended above, the water from boiling eggs is safe for consumption.
You can boil it with rice or other foods.
If you didn’t wash it and you boil, although the boiling would kill every bacterium but dirt and dropping stains would be in the water and you may find it disgusting to use.
9. Storing Eggs in the Fridge will make them go bad faster
Unwashed eggs can be kept outside a refrigerator because their protective layer is still intact.
When washed, it’s safer to refrigerate your eggs because the protective layer of the egg is not intact anymore.
10. Eating Eggs will make you add weight
Eggs are contain low calories but are very rich in protein which when eaten boosts metabolic activity thereby burning calories and increases feeling of fullness after eating.
They are one of the best options to opt in for when you need to lose weight.
Things to avoid that can fatten you up are sugary drinks, fries, pizza, cookies, etc.
Eggs are nutritious, delicious, fortifies immunity, repairs worn out body cells and also essential for growth and development especially in children and older adults.
Do you have any myths holding you back from enjoying eggs; speak with a certified health provider today to clear doubts or have your questions answered.