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Anyone eat egg shells?

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Created April 15, 2011 at 2:18 PM

I was making a shake (I usually go with some raw eggs, protein powder, pure cocoa, and cinnamon) and half my egg shell fell in. Instead of digging it out of the mess I left it in and blended it up. It blended well, aside from a little bit of grit at the bottom of the shake.

I imagine that the shells are a good source of calcium. Anyone else tried this? Any benefit to eating the shells? If so any recommendations on how much to consume?

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0 · October 10, 2014 at 1:01 PM

When I was a child I used to eat the egg shells that my Dad left on the side of his plate after eating a boiled agg, and now I am 6'7'' and I am dating a Victoria's Secret model.  I think it's clear that eating egg shell is the way forward.

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0 · October 10, 2014 at 1:01 PM

When I was a child I used to eat the egg shells that my Dad left on the side of his plate after eating a boiled agg, and now I am 6'7'' and I am dating a Victoria's Secret model.  I think it's clear that eating egg shell is the way forward.

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0 · October 10, 2014 at 12:24 PM

When I was a child I used to eat the egg shells that my Dad left on the side of his plate after eating a boiled agg, and now I am 6'7'' and I am dating a Victoria's Secret model.  I think it's clear that eating egg shell is the way forward.

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0 · October 10, 2014 at 12:24 PM

When I was a child I used to eat the egg shells that my Dad left on the side of his plate after eating a boiled agg, and now I am 6'7'' and I am dating a Victoria's Secret model.  I think it's clear that eating egg shell is the way forward.

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0 · October 10, 2014 at 12:24 PM

When I was a child I used to eat the egg shells that my Dad left on the side of his plate after eating a boiled agg, and now I am 6'7'' and I am dating a Victoria's Secret model.  I think it's clear that eating egg shell is the way forward.

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0 · October 10, 2014 at 12:24 PM

When I was a child I used to eat the egg shells that my Dad left on the side of his plate after eating a boiled agg, and now I am 6'7'' and I am dating a Victoria's Secret model.  I think it's clear that eating egg shell is the way forward.

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289 · August 02, 2012 at 3:16 PM

What happens if you soak in acid longer than 12 hours?

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17103 · January 02, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Take your time. You can start in small steps. Fry your eggs at low temperature until the whites are no longer clear and the yolks are still runny, then slightly less, and less until you can tolerate them. Also try dropping a raw egg into hot soup, and mix it up so the egg is dissolved in the soup. The heat of the soup will cook the egg. Over time you'll get over it and eat'em raw. But do avoid CAFO eggs. Stick to pastured/organic eggs.

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2291 · September 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM

wow that sounds delicious! thanks for the tip! ;-)

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78422 · September 20, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Thy are more delicious if not raw IMO.

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78422 · September 20, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Great info dude, however, I doubt calcium is needed apart from food. Its good info for those people which have paratyroid problems I gues.

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6433 · April 17, 2011 at 2:33 PM

I personally feel that it is often needed, however your own calcium needs will depend on your age, sex, magnesium intake e.t.c. although on average between 800-1200mg/day is recommended. The good news is that a Paleo diet is high in other bone-building nutrients like K2 and D3, which means that this figure is probably too high. Unfortunately if you don't do dairy (or eat calcium fortified processed foods!), good calcium sources are pretty limited, especially as vegetable sources of calcium (e.g. leafy greens, sesame seeds) are poorly absorbed by the body.

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2319 · April 17, 2011 at 2:45 AM

Is calcium supplementation needed on the paleo diet?

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4984 · April 16, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Nice answer! I'm so gonna do this! Incidentally my mum feeds crushed egg shells to her chickens for better egg er, shells :D

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1781 · April 16, 2011 at 8:55 AM

OK, you are crazy! BTW raw eggs are delicious.

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6433 · April 15, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Heh heh - I read about how some of first calcium supplements were produced from ground egg shells, and decided to do a little research of my own. I love it when my little scraps of esoterica pay off. :)

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4533 · April 15, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Interesting. I already Vitamix raw eggs - shell and all - and add them to my cat's food. Perhaps I need to revisit that idea for myself!

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1783 · April 15, 2011 at 7:51 PM

And by randon I meant random!

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1783 · April 15, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Randon gems of info like this are what keeps me coming back to this site! Thanks Simibee.

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20411 · April 15, 2011 at 5:25 PM

I saw a video of a chimp eating a banana. He didn't peel it. Just ate the whole thing!

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78422 · April 15, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Sorry, I only walk on egg shells- I don't eat them.

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5796 · April 15, 2011 at 4:03 PM

When I make scrambled eggs, I drop the whole egg including the shell into a blender and hit liquify and cook the mixture - the shell is ground up so small you can't tell it's in there.

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919 · April 15, 2011 at 3:37 PM

They should of course be certified organic eggs from free-range birds, if you are going to indulge

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1055 · April 15, 2011 at 3:00 PM

I feed my raw fed dogs a whole egg, shell and all once a week or more. Back when they were kibble fed they would eat shell and all right away. Now that they are raw fed most often I find the shell nosed out of the bowl into the yard. I guess they are well fed and not needing that extra calcium anymore,..or maybe just not bored anymore like they were with kibble day in and day out.

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50 · April 15, 2011 at 2:55 PM

cool, good info!

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22913 · April 15, 2011 at 2:33 PM

I would imagine properly washed, the only concern would be adequate acidity to break them down, they are basically calcium carbonate.

how much to consume? if you're eating a balanced paleo diet... none. too much calcium is a bad thing, and without balancing it with K/D you're not absorbing it properly.

If you feel you're unbalanced in your food intake, not eating natural calcium sources elsewhere, maybe... but its not an optimal nor optimally absorbed calcium source.

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6433 · April 15, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Yes, it's difficult to get good amounts of bio-available calcium on a Paleo diet, and I was disappointed by the supplements available, which were not only expensive but loaded with nasties like aspartame and soy bean oil. The nutritional compostion of egg shells is very similar to that of our own bones and teeth, which makes them ideal for this, since as well as calcium they contain a wide range of additional micronutrients beneficial to these body structures, like molybednum, boron, silicon e.t.c.

Making your own calcium supplement from egg shells couldn't be easier (or more economical). Rinse out egg shells (leaving the membrane intact as this contains substances which are good for the joints) and leave to air dry. Depending on what you have to hand, use a blender/plastic bag and rolling pin (although a coffee grinder works best) to crush the shells to a fine powder. One medium egg shell will grind down into 1 tsp of powder, which contains 750-800 mgs of elemental calcium. In order to transform this into the most bio-available form of calcium (calcium citrate), mix 1/2 tsp egg shell powder with the juice 1/2 freshly squeezed lemon and leave for a minimum of six hours, but no longer than twelve. I usually do this just before I go to bed, so it's ready to take when I get up. The morning is the best time for calcium supplementation, as not only is it a magnesium antagonist, but will be especially well absorbed when you take your D3.

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289 · August 02, 2012 at 3:16 PM

What happens if you soak in acid longer than 12 hours?

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78422 · September 20, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Great info dude, however, I doubt calcium is needed apart from food. Its good info for those people which have paratyroid problems I gues.

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6433 · April 17, 2011 at 2:33 PM

I personally feel that it is often needed, however your own calcium needs will depend on your age, sex, magnesium intake e.t.c. although on average between 800-1200mg/day is recommended. The good news is that a Paleo diet is high in other bone-building nutrients like K2 and D3, which means that this figure is probably too high. Unfortunately if you don't do dairy (or eat calcium fortified processed foods!), good calcium sources are pretty limited, especially as vegetable sources of calcium (e.g. leafy greens, sesame seeds) are poorly absorbed by the body.

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2319 · April 17, 2011 at 2:45 AM

Is calcium supplementation needed on the paleo diet?

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4984 · April 16, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Nice answer! I'm so gonna do this! Incidentally my mum feeds crushed egg shells to her chickens for better egg er, shells :D

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6433 · April 15, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Heh heh - I read about how some of first calcium supplements were produced from ground egg shells, and decided to do a little research of my own. I love it when my little scraps of esoterica pay off. :)

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4533 · April 15, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Interesting. I already Vitamix raw eggs - shell and all - and add them to my cat's food. Perhaps I need to revisit that idea for myself!

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1783 · April 15, 2011 at 7:51 PM

And by randon I meant random!

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1783 · April 15, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Randon gems of info like this are what keeps me coming back to this site! Thanks Simibee.

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5796 · April 15, 2011 at 4:03 PM

When I make scrambled eggs, I drop the whole egg including the shell into a blender and hit liquify and cook the mixture - the shell is ground up so small you can't tell it's in there.

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50 · April 15, 2011 at 2:55 PM

cool, good info!

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60 · September 20, 2011 at 8:50 AM

I always eat the egg shells - I grind them into powder and put them in smoothies. Then I like to take the egg carton, cut it into thin strips, bake them, and put them on my salad. Great source of iron, and you can't even tell that you're eating an egg carton.

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2291 · September 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM

wow that sounds delicious! thanks for the tip! ;-)

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753 · April 15, 2011 at 4:46 PM

My grandmother told a great story of being on a plane from Russia to US. They served food and she offered her hard boiled egg to "the mongolian" sitting next to her. He accepted enthusiastically and to her surprise popped the whole egg, shell and all, into his mouth right then.

After eating raw eggs I didn't really have any fear anymore so I started just eating hard boiled eggs with the shell on. don't have to take the time to peel it. you can do it in a few bites or all at once. The texture of the shell seems like it might irritate gums or something but not in my case; rather I've found that it dissolves and breaks down pretty easily with a bit of chewing.

It's like raw eggs, it seems like something you shouldn't enjoy, and people always can't bear the taste of raw eggs. If you eat a couple and actually taste it you'll find that it's actually quite delicious. I love that you can have eggs soooo many different ways...I never get tired of eggs because there's always some other way to enjoy them to keep it interesting...

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1781 · April 16, 2011 at 8:58 AM

The only thing I'd be careful with is washing the shell first. After all they have just passed through the alimentary canal of the chook..

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10 · January 01, 2012 at 7:59 PM

I eat raw eggs the same way many animals do it (which is probably how our ancestors did it for tens of thousands of years as hunter/gatherers eating on the fly). I eat the whole thing in one shot???raw???eggshell and all. I don't separate anything, I just do it. Read sometime about the benefits of eggshells;there are a lot nutrients in there for men and women. I was thinking about posting a video on Facebook to show how easy it is, but I don't want people to think I'm crazy. I???m not advising people to do it, I???m not a doctor, but this is what I do:

  1. One, I only use fresh organic cage-free eggs that are free from having any cracks;
  2. I submerge the egg in water to make sure that no air bubbles emerge (a leak could obviously increase your chances of bacteria/salmonella poisoning);
  3. I pop it in my mouth and bite it just enough to pull it apart in my mouth;
  4. I then suck down the insides leaving the shell in my mouth (it only takes one gulp usually);
  5. I then finally chew up the eggshell into a fine powder (which takes a couple of minutes) and wash it down with some water (sometimes I don???t even do that. This works without washing it down!).

Seriously, it???s that easy. The very first time I did it I had a slight gag reflex which was a result of social conditioning more than anything else. I found a video of some kid doing it on a dare and he was gagging, so that???s probably why.

I???d also be careful about sucking down the inside of the egg too quickly because you could get a piece of the shell lodged in your throat. I???ve been doing this for about a month, love it and have no problems. I think I???m actually starting to enjoy it, but I only think of food as fuel anyway.

I don???t always eat the shells though. My favorite lunch is a bowl of organic vegetables that I simply throw an egg or two into along with some raw oatmeal (to get some carbs). A lot of ???egg diets??? are specifically ???low carb??? diets that I don???t believe in. Low carb diets are for sedentary people (IMHO). I like to run, so I love carbs (just get the right kind. Processed food sucks!).

Anyway, I absolutely love the thought of doing it! Whole foods are the way to go and raw egg protein is probably some of the best protein on the planet. It also has a slew of other things as well. Train yourself to sensitize your taste buds by leaving salt, salad dressing and the like out of your food. Over time, you will start to taste things more easily and won't need to season your food. I like eating similar to how we???d eat if society suddenly disappeared.

As Edmond Burke said, ???Never, no, never did Nature say one thing and Wisdom say another.???

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205 · September 20, 2011 at 9:56 AM

I have seen recipes for kombucha wherein on the second ferment egg shell is added. The acid from the the kombucha makes the calcium bioavailable.

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0 · January 24, 2014 at 7:10 PM

I throw whole raw eggs in my shakes. I crack open the egg over my empty blender bowl and smell the egg. If the egg has no smell then it doesn't contain salmonella or other bad bacteria. So if I can't smell anything, I add the rest of my ingredients for my shake. (That is usually soaked raw almonds, flax seed oil, coconut oil and water. Adding black strap molasses adds a lot of additional minerals but also some sugar which is not a good food combination with protein.) Then I blend everything in a powerful blender (Vitamix). One egg shell contains about my daily requirements for calcium. I have notices that my finger nails have become much stronger since I have been doing this.

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0 · September 03, 2013 at 6:29 PM

We have chickens and have always tossed the shells in the mulch bin. I am gonna have to try this!Thank for the tips!

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919 · April 15, 2011 at 3:22 PM

PersonMan is a consumer

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919 · April 15, 2011 at 3:37 PM

They should of course be certified organic eggs from free-range birds, if you are going to indulge

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65 · April 15, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Call me crazy, but I am still scared to death about eating raw eggs.

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17103 · January 02, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Take your time. You can start in small steps. Fry your eggs at low temperature until the whites are no longer clear and the yolks are still runny, then slightly less, and less until you can tolerate them. Also try dropping a raw egg into hot soup, and mix it up so the egg is dissolved in the soup. The heat of the soup will cook the egg. Over time you'll get over it and eat'em raw. But do avoid CAFO eggs. Stick to pastured/organic eggs.

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78422 · September 20, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Thy are more delicious if not raw IMO.

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1781 · April 16, 2011 at 8:55 AM

OK, you are crazy! BTW raw eggs are delicious.

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1033 · April 15, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Sometimes in a smoothie, but usually no. Eggs contain fat and vitamin D which is necessary to absorb calcium so it may be beneficial.

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