Be it breakfast, lunch or dinner we know how important eggs are in our diet. Eggs are considered one of the cheapest non-vegetarian sources of high-quality protein especially consumed in high numbers by body-builders, muscle-builders and athletes. With that being said, eggs should also be consumed by everyone at least once in their breakfast. Along with supplying high-quality protein to your body eggs are also considered a great source of Vitamin D and also improve good cholesterol levels of the body.
There have always been two types of controversy related to eggs for ages.
- Are eggs vegetarian?
- Raw egg vs cooked egg – Which one has higher nutritive value?
So, today in this article we will be comparing raw eggs with cooked eggs and will be determining which provides your body ( especially for bodybuilders and gym freaks ) with better nutritive values. Let’s begin.
Raw Egg vs Cooked Egg – Comparision
People generally believe that eating raw eggs provides you with more nutrition compared to a cooked or boiled egg. This is a wrong concept as the nutritive value of both boiled or cooked egg is similar to that of a raw egg. Rather eating eggs are considered to be unsafe for health. We will see this in the latter part of this article.
Here raw eggs indicate uncooked or un-boiled eggs that some people consume directly or by mixing them in milk and drinking them. A cooked egg indicates boiled, poached or semi-cooked egg.
1. Raw Egg vs Cooked Egg – Protein content
Raw egg and cooked/boiled egg both contain 6g of protein. Whether you break the eggs and consume them directly or boil/cook the egg before eating it, the protein content is not lost. Rather it remains the same.
2. Raw Egg vs Cooked Egg – Fat content
Just like protein content, the fat content also remains intact and does not change whether you are cooking the egg or eating raw. Rather the egg does not lose its nutritive value if it’s semi-cooked or boiled. The amount of macronutrients present in the egg does not change whatsoever and the fat content remains to be 5g throughout.
3. Raw Egg vs Cooked Egg – Which one is easier to digest?
Here lies the main difference between a cooked egg and a raw egg. It is never easy to digest a raw egg so easily. As soon as you eat a raw egg your stomach becomes heavy as its digestion rate is low. The breakdown of protein and fat of the raw egg in the stomach takes a lot of time if compared to that of boiled or cooked eggs.
The digestion rate of raw eggs is very slow compared to that of cooked ones. If you are eating a boiled egg you can easily digest it within 2-3 hours and move on to your next meal. A raw egg has a digestion rate of 50% whereas a cooked egg or boiled egg has a digestion rate of 90%. You should always go for food that is easily digested and absorbed by the body.
4. Raw Egg vs Cooked Egg – Which one is safe?
Cooked egg is 100% safe whereas raw eggs can never be called 100% safe. Raw eggs generally tend to contain a bacteria named Salmonella which can make you sick and at the same time causes huge damage to your hair. Salmonella interferes in the Vitamin B ( Biotin ) absorption process which would result in hair fall, thinning of hair. On the other hand, when you are boiling or cooking an egg the bacteria gets destroyed and becomes 100% safe for anyone to eat.
5. Raw Egg vs Cooked Egg – Taste
Admit it or not, nobody likes the pungent smell of an uncooked egg. Generally, bodybuilders eat them by tapping their noses with their fingers so that they do not feel the taste. So, what’s the point in eating something forcibly when you don’t even like the taste? On the other hand, cooked eggs or boiled eggs are actually very tasty and delicious.
Raw Egg vs Cooked Egg ( Chart )
As we can clearly see that cooked egg is always better than raw eggs. And it is a complete myth that raw eggs have more nutritive values than cooked eggs. If you eat a boiled egg or a semi-cooked poached egg the nutritive value you get is the same as that of the raw egg. In fact, as I mentioned previously cooked eggs are safe and far more tasty than raw eggs. So why eat something forcibly when you can actually get the same amount of nutrition if you cook or boil it?
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