Are Raw Eggs Good for You?


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It is not good for you to eat raw eggs because they may contain a harmful bacteria called salmonella. Those infected by salmonella can experience vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever and even death. Salmonella poses the greatest risk to pregnant women and young children.

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Salmonella is the most prevalent food borne illness in the United States. An estimated 142,000 Americans become infected with salmonella each year after consuming raw eggs. For most people, symptoms show up between 12 and 72 hours after being infected. Many people who become infected get better on their own in four to seven days, while extreme cases require antibiotics and hospitalization.

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