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Health & Fit Worried about salmonella? Food experts say don't cook your eggs like this

20:57  15 may  2018
20:57  15 may  2018 Source:   today.com

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) actually advises everyone against eating undercooked eggs , or foods containing raw eggs (that means recipes like homemade caesar dressing, aioli, some ice creams or protein-packed power shakes) due to the risk of salmonella .

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) actually advises everyone against eating undercooked eggs , or foods containing raw eggs (that means recipes like homemade caesar dressing, aioli, some ice creams or protein-packed power shakes) due to the risk of salmonella .

Fried egg © Shutterstock Fried egg What's better than the sound of a fresh egg frying on the griddle in the morning? And for many true egg lovers, there's nothing more satisfying than breaking the delightfully runny yolk and watching that yellow goodness ooze down the side of your toast.

But before you take the first bite, consider that your undercooked egg may be hiding something pretty unappetizing.

Cutting into a fried egg with a fork © TODAY Cutting into a fried egg with a fork

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) actually advises everyone against eating undercooked eggs, or foods containing raw eggs (that means recipes like homemade caesar dressing, aioli, some ice creams or protein-packed power shakes) due to the risk of salmonella.

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If you’ve been worried about undercooked meat and eggs this whole time and are now feeling silly— don ’ t . Since those are all things we cook , we have it in our power to eliminate dangerous bacteria like Salmonella , E. coli, Staphylococcus*, and Clostridium.

Worried about salmonella ? Food experts say don ’ t cook your eggs like this . A nutritionist sheds light on the health risks of runny yolks, especially for kids.

And with the latest historic egg recall which has, so far, been linked to 35 illnesses across nine states, it's more important than ever to not only pay attention to what kind of eggs you're buying but how you serve them.

What is Salmonella anyway?

Salmonella enteritidis is a bacteria and it's one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the U.S. While eggs and poultry are often affected, it can also contaminate unpasteurized milk or juice, cheese, alfalfa sprouts, melons, spices and nuts.

In eggs, both the yolk and whites can be infected through the porous shell. A person who contracts salmonella will suffer unpleasant flu-like symptoms. And while these usually subside within four to seven days without treatment, they can become much more severe in those with weaker immune systems, such as pregnant women, the elderly and children under 5.

What you need to know about salmonella

  What you need to know about salmonella Know the signs of salmonella infection and how to keep your family safe More than 206 million eggs distributed to restaurants and grocery stores across nine states have been recalled due to possible salmonella contamination. So far, 22 illnesses have been reported.The bacteria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. "Consumers with these eggs shouldn't eat them," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb tweeted Saturday. "Throw them away or return them to place of purchase for credit or refund.

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Cooking food thoroughly can kill salmonella . But Schaffner said if people are specifically worried about salmonella , whether the eggs they buy are organic or nonorganic eggs probably doesn’ t matter.

Despite USDA recommendations, many people can't get enough of their runny-yolked eggs — whether they're sunny side up, super-soft boiled or slightly scrambled.

A runny egg yolk can add decadence to a rustic pizza, such as this one with mixed mushrooms, asparagus, black pepper and bacon:

Or provide a protein-packed addition to avocado toast:

And a flavor burst to burgers:

But is it worth the risk?

"The USDA recommendation for children under 5 is valid and evidence based," NBC news, health and nutrition editor, Madelyn Fernstorm, PhD told TODAY Food. "While a runny yolk is a delicious treat for many people, children under 5 should eat their eggs fully cooked. There's no justification to risk your child's health for a runny egg, because it's tasty."

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So if you’re worried about your eggs making you sick, here is the safest way to cook them. “The first step to preventing getting salmonellosis — the infection caused by salmonella — is to always first wash your hands when preparing food ,” explains nutritionist and private cooking coach Jackie

Don ’ t wash eggs , because colder water can pull bacteria into the egg . Refrigerate eggs after collection. Cook eggs thoroughly. For more information about Salmonella , foodborne illness, and food safety, call 1-800-CDC-INFO, submit a question or visit these websites

Realistically, says Fernstorm, most healthy adults do not need to put aside all of their epicurean dreams doused in runny yolks or run the risk of food poisoning. However, while some parents may aspire to have their children develop an adventurous palate at an early age, dishes with sunny side-up or soft-boiled eggs just aren't the way to do it. Maybe try these veggie-packed meatballs instead?

What about all of those eggs-cellent nutrients?

Eggs are excellent sources of nutrition and have been recommended as a dense, brain-boosting food for both pregnant women and babies for many years.

Research shows one large boiled egg contains vitamins A, B5, B12, D, E, K and B6, folate, phosphorus, selenium, calcium and zinc. It has 77 calories, 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of fat.

Lucky for little ones (and those who prefer eggs with firm yolks), Fernstorm affirmed that unlike some fruits and vegetables which lose a little nutritional value when cooked, the nutrients in eggs — raw or runny — remains the same.

"Eggs are one of nature's perfect, nutrient-rich, easily digestible foods. But how you choose to prepare a whole egg will surely impact its food safety profile — which can be different from its nutrient profile," Fernstorm told TODAY Food.

Why you should still enjoy eggs.

If you still wan't to enjoy eggs, don't panic. There are certainly ways to abide by USDA standards and expand the whole family's tastebuds with plenty of exciting dishes. Just ask Bobby Flay, who has plenty of flavorful and nutritious egg-centric meals. Scrambled eggs with fresh goat cheese, crème fraiche and piquillo pesto toast, anyone?

And if you prefer your eggs hard-boiled, Drew Barrymore also has some great boiling advice when it comes to playing it safe — and it doesn't involve cooking over a flame!


Kellogg's Recalls Honey Smacks Cereal After Outbreak .
24 people have been hospitalized with salmonella infections. Kellogg Company has issued a recall of its Honey Smacks cereal in the face of a salmonella outbreak that has infected 73 people across 31 states and put 24 in hospital. No-one has died from the outbreak at present.The cereal giant announced the recall on Thursday after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerted the company to the potential presence of salmonella in the products. No other Kellogg lines, the company stated, are affected.

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