What is an egg? Well, its original use was as a food package for young chicks. This means is it a powerhouse of nutrients for us as well.
An egg is a good source of protein, and it contains many essential minerals including calcium and iron. Eggs also provide vitamins A, B, D and E.
So, shouldn't we learn how to cook eggs and then eat lots of them? Well, they do have a few drawbacks. One of these is cholesterol. This is found in the egg yolk and just one yolk can account for almost all our recommended daily cholesterol intake! Therefore it is advisable not to eat them every day.
There is also a risk of salmonella for vulnerable groups of people, when eating raw or lightly cooked eggs. These include...
- pregnant women
- babies and young children
- the elderly
If you are not in the above groups it should be totally safe to consume eggs, and foods such as mayonnaise or royal icing in which they are used raw.