Milk and raw eggs are favorite foods of bodybuilders and athletes due to their high protein content. Although both of these foods have their respective benefits, they should be eaten at proper times and in proper quantities depending on your specific workout goals.
Most people agree that raw eggs are not extremely palatable, but some choose to eat them plain or in a health drink for added protein.
Whether they are safe or beneficial for consumption is up for debate. Dr. Mercola of “Healing Daily” states that raw eggs are safe, and eating them in their raw form prevents the alteration of the natural proteins and B-vitamins found in eggs. He believes that cooking the egg depletes some of the nutritional value. However, the USDA discourages the consumption of raw eggs due to the risk of salmonella. Salmonella is a form of food poisoning contracted from raw eggs which causes diarrhea, vomiting, fever and severe illness in people with underlying health issues.
Milk is a good option for added protein and nutrients before and after a workout. The type of protein found in milk is a blend of whey and casein proteins. Whey protein is quickly used by the body for muscle repair and casein protein absorbs slowly, providing the body with long-term muscle recovery.
Dangers of Raw Eggs
One large raw egg has 6 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat and no carbohydrates. There’s also potassium, sodium and vitamin A. Despite the nutritional benefits, it can be dangerous to eat raw eggs.
Salmonella is a type of bacteria that can contaminate eggs. Before your eggs reach the store, they go through a decontamination process that kills most of the bacteria. However, there’s still a chance that the raw egg you’re eating is contaminated.
If you get sick, you might experience nausea, fever, vomiting and diarrhea. In serious cases, you can end up in the hospital from dehydration. There have even been deaths from salmonella, according to an article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so it’s nothing to scoff at.
People with weak immune systems, including children, older people and pregnant women, should never eat raw eggs. If you have a robust immune system, eat them at your own risk. It’s much safer to cook your eggs, which kills potentially harmful bacteria. If you’re really pressed for time, you can even scramble your eggs and cook them in the microwave.
Got Milk? suggests drinking chocolate milk after a workout because it provides not only protein and nutrients from the milk, but the chocolate provides necessary carbohydrates as well. In a 2006 study by the “Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism,” chocolate milk proved to be very sufficient for muscle repair and energy replacement and increased athletic endurance.