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Trend of influencers eating eggs with shell: What benefits does this bring?

Several influencers on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok are recommending eating boiled eggs with the shell: is this healthy? Does it have any health benefits?...
10-05-2024 10:28

  1. The benefits of consuming calcium from eggshells
  2. Where is it preferable to get calcium for the body

A new trend among nutritional influencers raises some doubts about the real health benefits of this new trend of consuming boiled eggs with the shell.

As we can see in the video below in this article, influencer Juan Manuel Martino (ig: juan_manuel_martino) is shown eating boiled eggs with the shell, that is, without removing their outer layer.

The reality is that eating boiled eggs with the shell is an uncommon and potentially dangerous practice due to digestibility issues, health risks, and (albeit minimal) risks of choking or internal damage.

In this particular case, the influencer recommends chewing the egg well, but clarifies that the egg was boiled for more than 15 minutes.

This is probably the most important point when consuming eggs with the shell: they must be boiled very well because dangerous bacteria can accumulate in the shell. Boiling them for a reasonable amount of time kills these bacteria, making their consumption safer.

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The benefits of consuming calcium from eggshells

Regarding nutritional properties, calcium intake, which is a key element in eggshell, has multiple benefits for the human body.

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, and it is vital for several functions:

Bone and dental health

Calcium is essential for keeping bones and teeth strong. It contributes to bone density, which helps prevent conditions like osteoporosis, especially important in postmenopausal women and elderly individuals.

Muscle function

Calcium plays a crucial role in muscle contraction and relaxation. A deficiency of calcium can lead to muscle fatigue or cramps.

Blood clotting

Calcium is necessary for the activation of various blood clotting factors. Without enough calcium, the clotting process may be compromised, increasing the risk of bleeding.

Transmission of nerve signals

This mineral helps in the conduction of nerve impulses, facilitating communication between the brain and different parts of the body, affecting functions such as movement and sensory response.

Enzymatic function

Calcium acts as a cofactor for several enzymes, meaning it helps some enzymes carry out their function of catalyzing biochemical reactions in the body.

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Where is it preferable to get calcium for the body

Despite these benefits, it is important to obtain calcium from safe and bioavailable sources. Calcium supplements, including those derived from processed eggshell turned into powder, may be a safer option than consuming whole eggshells.

Eggshell powder is treated to be consumable and is often used as a calcium supplement.

If considering using eggshell as a calcium source, it is crucial to prepare it properly to avoid health risks.

This includes thorough cleaning to remove bacteria, boiling for over 15 minutes to ensure safety, and then grinding it into a fine powder that can be added to foods or taken in capsule form.

It's important to note that this is just a trend, as calcium can easily be obtained from many other foods such as:

1. Dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt.

2. Leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale, and broccoli.

3. Almonds and nuts.

4. Canned sardines.

5. Tofu.

6. Chia seeds.

7. Legumes like chickpeas and lentils.

8. Dried figs.

9. Canned salmon with bones.

10. Fortified foods like orange juice and soy milk.

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