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Old 03-24-2006, 03:16 PM   #1
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Egg Whites

I just read an article on the web by an MD who says that it's better to eat egg whites RAW than cooking them. He goes through the saminella risck etc. But he says that cooking the egg whites destroys the value of the protein in the white. Does anyone here know the real truth about cooking egg whites? Whites are about 25% of my protein per day. And I'm not gonna eat then raw!

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Old 03-24-2006, 03:51 PM   #2
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Re: Egg Whites

Are you sure you read that right? Cooking to the recommended 165 degrees destroys the salmonella bacteria if it's present. It changes the structure of the protein but not the protein quality. For those of you who eat raw egg whites: I'm not saying eat it raw or eat it cooked. That's up to you. I'm only saying cooking doesn't destroy the nutritional value of the egg white.

It probably won't hurt you, especially if you're healthy, and there really aren't that many eggs with the bacteria. It's just that, we don't know how they were handled from the time they were collected to the time they reach the store shelves. That, and the fact that raw egg white gross me out, is why I cook mine.

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Old 03-24-2006, 04:46 PM   #3
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Re: Egg Whites

Well, I hope the moderators allow this, I'm not putting any links here:

>"The problem is that it (cooking) also completely
> deactivates nearly every other protein in the
> egg white. While you will still obtain nutritional
> benefits from consuming cooked egg whites,
> from a nutritional perspective it would seem far
> better to consume them uncooked."

That's the Doc's quote. The part that I don't
like is the deactivation part. That would be
the amino acids and BCAAs,which is why people
who work out eat egg whites, to help build muscle.

 
Old 03-24-2006, 05:10 PM   #4
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Re: Egg Whites

I don't know. I guess the best thing is to read his studies to see if they'e backed by real science. What's the doctor's name?

 
Old 03-24-2006, 07:01 PM   #5
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Re: Egg Whites

That doesn't really seem to make sense. Heat will certainly denature the protein but unlikely to break the covalent bonds between the amino acids. That's what happens in the stomach. So I don't see how a protein would become deactivated.

 
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