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?
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.
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.
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.
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...
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:
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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