How Many Raw Eggs a Day Should I Consume?

I'm looking to get a bit healthier and lose a couple of kilos only. I want to switch from meat to raw eggs for a while. How many eggs per day should I consume?

I'm thinking of having them raw to cut down on cooking time and washing up so I can spend more time on Ozbargain.

*** Update***

Just consumed 2 raw eggs for the first time at 1.00pm, I now feel very full for the cost of $0.50. This could save me a few bucks.


Just consumed 2 raw eggs at 11.14am 22/02. I made an interesting observation, there is no warning sign regarding consuming raw eggs on the package.


Just had the 6th raw egg of the day, feeling great so far!

update Last 2 eggs of the day down the hatch, smoking it! More being delivered tomorrow!

update 4 raw eggs so far today, feeling great! Saved heaps of money this week!

It would be interesting to hear from anyone who has contracted food poisoning from eating raw egg. So far we are drawing a blank which is very interesting!


We have many users who have differing opinion regarding a 1 in 20,000 chance of getting salmonella after eating a raw egg. Do we have any number bods out there that can explain to everyone? Much appreciated.

*8 raw eggs today, quick and cheap, 1 in 20,000, great odds!

Poll Options

  • 350
    No egg(s)
  • 7
    1 egg
  • 31
    2 eggs
  • 4
    3 eggs
  • 7
    4 eggs
  • 1
    5 eggs
  • 5
    6 eggs
  • 3
    7 eggs
  • 3
    8 eggs
  • 1
    9 eggs
  • 5
    10 eggs
  • 262
    More than 10 eggs
  • 39


  • +43

    all of them, including the shell

  • +3

    Just don't eat anything

  • +38

    You may wish to re-consider eating raw eggs as a diet plan. Eating raw eggs can give you deadly food poisoning.

    • +8

      rocky don't think so

      • +4

        American eggs are thoroughly cleaned unlike here full of chicken shit and soft shell.

    • But the salmonella is on the outside of the egg scrimmy, lol. Very important to thoroughly wash hands!

      • +34

        Wrong salmonella can be found throughout the whole chicken itself including in it’s meat. Egg yolk will be no exception.
        It’s strongly recommended not to eat raw eggs full stop

        • -11

          That's a hot topic, I disagree. These guys reckon 1 in 20,000 only.

        • +23


          that website does not condone eating raw eggs. In fact the second paragraph states:

          The risk of an egg being contaminated with Salmonella bacteria is very low, about 1 in 20,000 eggs. But there’s no reason to take the risk of contracting foodborne illness. Proper handling of eggs can reduce the risk. Eggs should be cooked until the whites and yolks are firm or, for dishes containing eggs, until an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit is reached because Salmonella is destroyed by the heat of cooking.

          Your original question 'how many raw eggs should I consume', for that matter, should be answered as 'zero', if you are following the advice of that particular website. Cook your eggs until 160 deg fahrenheit is reached. Really a matter of safe food handling and risk management.

          You may argue that there some cultures that prefer the eating of certain foods raw. Japanese for instance eat Tamagokake for breakfast (breaking a raw egg on piping hot rice) but they can do that because their food safety standards are higher and their factory equipment cleans the eggs prior to them being packaged in cartons. We don't do that here in Australia since we don't have that custom and often you'll find eggs in supermarkets here that are literally coated in poop.

        • @scrimshaw: So how about I i wash the egg myself? 1 in 20,000 are very low odds indeed.

          I'd imagine if a person took 20,000 car journeys they would have an accident.

          1 of the biggest issues with food poising in general is poor hygiene.

        • +13


          I suppose so? Your health is your own personal responsibility. Not for me or anyone on a bargain forum to manage :)

          Enjoy your raw eggs and keep us posted with your protein-rich adventure.

        • @scrimshaw: Will do, good on ya

        • +9

          @volcanoeqcycle: So you decided to eat 1 egg 1 time? Because if you eat 20 raw eggs (10 days of your diet), your chances are now 1 is 1000. How about 200 eggs (100 days of your diet), your chances are now 1 in 100. Those odds do not look low anymore.

        • +2

          @volcanoeqcycle: "So how about I i wash t"

          That can itself carry any salmonella into the egg.

        • @terrys: So why do they wash them in Japan as Scrimshaw was saying? Have the Japanese got it wrong?

        • @misu p: It depends on where the egg came from, when it was laid, what conditions it was kept in, the level of hygiene in the preparation and a myriad of other variables. We have to look at the whole egg not just part.

        • +1


          There's your correct egg washing procedure. I would assume the Japanese factories do the same.

        • @abb: Thank you very much. This is a massive help! I think I will wash them from now on.

        • +3

          @volcanoeqcycle: I have been drinking 2 raw eggs in the morning for last 20 years or so pretty consistently with few months breaks couple of times. Last 2 years I have been making Smoothie in my nutri-ninja containing 2 raw eggs, weetbix or oats, milk and whey protein powder every single days. I reckon I have consumed more than 200000 raw eggs in this period but never have any food poisoning, might be that I have to build a resistance over time though.

        • +2

          @lokesh7: first hand accounts are always the best :) thank you.

        • -2

          Too bad Medicare doesn't see it that way. OP's health may be his responsibility but when OP falls ill, it becomes a social liability.

          If OP is deliberately putting him/herself at risk, I think it's our collective financial interest to let him know he/she is being an idiot.

          OP is, of course, still free to do what he/she wishes but we don't have to be politically correct and pretend it's some sort of enlightened decision or exercise of free will.

        • +10


          You can't be serious with this? The amount of fast food deals up-voted on this site and likely consumed by overweight ozbargainers costs us more in health costs than OP having a few raw eggs. Obesity is a higher cost to the health system than eating fresh eggs without cooking them.

        • +2

          Do I want to be shot in the right foot or the left?

          Fast food for the sedentary is a burden. No one is disputing that and the epidemic is a huge toll on the tax paying public.

          The option doesn't have to be binary. I don't want either foot shot just as I don't want to be paying for someone else's bad decisions, whatever those decisions may be.

        • +1

          @misu p:

          Wouldn’t the events be considered independent? Each time the odds would remain the same. So 1 in 20000.

        • +2

          @tshow: I have a 1 in 20,000 chance of getting salmonella and most cases don't need medical attention. To be fair, if you speak in such tongue on the street you have a 1 in 10 chance of medical attention.

        • +1


          Welcome to civil society, we continually pay for someone else’s bad decisions. Eating raw eggs isn’t going to cost us much. My Medicare levy would more than cover OP’s egg eating antics.

          My LPT for you tshow is not to sweat the small stuff.

        • @Eisa01: You are basically rolling a 20.000 face dice. On each roll you have a 1/20.000 chance to get the number 1. On each roll the chances remain the same. You roll the dice 10 times, the chance for you to get a 1 is 1/20.000 for each roll but because of the number of rolls your chance to get 1 on 10 rolls is 1/2.000. Your chance to get 1 from 20.000 rolls is aprox 1.

        • -1

          Not sweating it. Just sweating when I work and get taxed.

        • +1
        • @tshow: Obviously a master of economics as well.

        • +4

          @misu p: this is actually an incorrect calculation. The maths doesn't work linearly.

          Purely mathematically after 200 eggs it would be (19999/20000)^200 of remaining healthy (99.005%). However, his odds would be even better, given say he consumes an egg and it's causing some discomfort (i.e mild food poisoning), he has the option to stop for a day or two to recover, not have any severe impacts.

        • +5

          @misu p: that's not how probability works, the chance of rolling a 1 on any try on 20,000 face die after 20,000 rolls is 1-(19999/20000)^20000 = 63.21%

          Easy way to check this as with most probability questions is either expand the numbers or shrink the numbers to the extreme (e.g. a coin tossed 2 times does not guarantee a head, despite 1/2 x 2 = 1)

        • +2

          @Eisa01: yes that was my initial thinking too (kinda like gambler's fallacy) but if you consider he would be eating multi eggs at the same time and during a short period of time, along with batching of eggs) i.e. you could have a dozen bad eggs together given it could have come form the same farm, transported / stored under similar condition, it may have some short-term dependencies. Even so, the chance are so low and if the OP is careful with the storage and eat the eggs well with in used by date then don't see any issues.

        • +1

          @volcanoeqcycle: definitely, refer my other comments on how Australia regulations handles eggs (i.e. pre-wash etc).

          Interestingly enough, the farm owner I was with told me that in the US the incidents of food poisoning is higher on washed eggs compared to unwashed eggs !!! The reason? Simple, people put more effort washing their own eggs, so it was done closer to consumption and often more care was taken so it actually reduces food poisoning cases). I've never seen any study or stats on this, but feels it could have some warrant, so thought I'll share with OP.

        • +1

          You are correct, I forgot my probabilities.

        • -1

          @misu p: 7 people don't understand probability.

        • -1

          I don't need a master of economics to know how money works just as I don't need a masters, let alone a high school certificate, to know that the global population cannot have an acre each in Texas.

        • @tshow: You sound a little agitated

        • -1

          As scrambled eggs.

        • @volcanoeqcycle: Great Idea! I suggest washing them in boiling water for 3 minutes or so!
          Given the aim is to save on washing up, I think I'd rather re-use a saucepan that has only been tipped out from boiling water than much around washing eggs!

        • @lokesh7: So if you have eaten that many raw eggs, you can honestly tell us hand on heart that you've never had vomiting, diarrhea, or any other such illness in the last 20 years? Most people showing symptoms perhaps 24 hours later wouldn't even know where it came from or correlate the source.

          Perhaps the "I have consumed more than 200,000 eggs" should have said 20,000? - because 200000 is 10,000 per year or 27.4 per day or 1.7 eggs every single waking hour for the past 20 years non-stop!

        • @MrFrugalSmith: Boil away Mr. In 3 minutes Iv'e eaten my raw eggs and washed my soft delicate hands ready to take on the world.

        • +1

          @tshow: Obese people, smokers, heavy drinkers, drug addicts, are all a bigger burden to the taxpayer than someone eating raw eggs.

        • +1

          @MrFrugalSmith: sure i had vomiting few times and it was linked to me getting blind drunk.Diarrhea i had couple of times in my life both times i was on holiday and so not working out and hence not eating raw eggs for a week or two.

        • +1

          @volcanoeqcycle: 1 in 20,000 is low odds if you are eating an egg a week. If you are eating a few or half a dozen a day then those odds should be very very concerning to you.

        • @gromit: Not really concerned by such numbers.

        • @yannyrjl: Thank you for this post, Just had a post on page 4, what do you think? (Posted below).Quantumcat
          "No. The chance of not getting salmonella is 19999/20000 each time so (19999/20000) to the power of 4. The chance of getting it on any of those occasions is 1 - (199999/20000)^4

          Think of it this way. The chance of rolling a 6 on a dice 1/6. If you roll the dice six times the chance of getting a 6 is NOT 6/6 - that would mean in 6 rolls you would have to roll a 6. Instead, it is the chance of NOT rolling one once - to the power of 6 (this is the chance of not rolling one all six times) then 1 minus this (for the opposite - the chance of rolling one at least once, which is around 78%

          For the salmonella problem, say he eats 4 a day for a year. What’s the likelihood of contracting salmonella?

          I wouldn’t want to take that chance!"

        • -1

          @volcanoeqcycle: each to their own. to put in perspective that is less than 1 in 2000 every time you buy a carton of eggs. Having watched a friend spend a week in hospital from salmonella (from mayonnaise) I certainly wouldn't go with those odds.

        • -1

          @gromit: I'd say at least 50% of western society eat mayonnaise, are you saying we should all stop?

          You may also need to work on your calculations, probability doesn't work like that, having said that it gave me a good laugh.

        • @volcanoeqcycle: raw egg mayonnaise is NOT eaten by 50% of western society at all, the mayonnaise you buy from the shops is not made that way specifically because of the risk raw eggs pose. You will only get that in some restaurants or made at home.

          Sorry about my calculations, I did not realise you bought your eggs 1 at a time. The rest of us buy them by the dozen, hence 12 chances per 20,000 as they would all be from the same batch. My mistake for thinking you purchase them like the rest of us.

        • @volcanoeqcycle: mayonnaise is very acidic and salmonella cannot survive in it.

        • +1

          @volcanoeqcycle: the maths is slightly wrong here, probably because of rounding, 1-(19999/20000)^1460 = 6% (more precisely 6.1058%)

          However, this is just pure maths which forms a starting baseline, as I mentioned in other post, the stats would includes a lot of other factors unaccounted for. As long as eat your batch nice and early and to be extra careful wash the eggs yourself, it would be extremely extremely rare [haha :)] to get food poisoning from Australian eggs.

          But everything you do has risks, so it's really your call on this one, do you value the perceived over the risks? Only you can answer this.

        • @tshow: I'd tax you 100%

        • @Quantumcat: tell that to the one woman who died after getting salmonella and 220 made sick after eating raw egg mayo at that Melbourne Cup function.

          The thing us, one bad egg can contaminate the lot!

        • @MrFrugalSmith: the caterer did not prepare the mayonnaise safely. If this was the US they would have contravened federal regulations. See for example.

          Federal regulations assume the presence of salmonellae in raw eggs used for salad dressings and require that commercially manufactured dressings such as mayonnaise and salad dressing made with unpasteurized eggs must have a pH of less than or equal to 4.1, an acetic acid level of the aqueous phase of greater than or equal to 1.4%, and a holding period of 72 hours

          Not sure about Australian regulations. But in any case it is the fault of the caterer, not the egg supplier (if the eggs weren't pasteurised then no one can guarantee they aren't contaminated, the fact that they were contaminated is not the supplier's fault)

      • -4

        A little bit of salmonella never hurt anyone

        • +26

          On the contrary, in a high enough dose, it should actually aid weight loss…

        • +7

          Spoken like someone who has never had it.
          As someone who has, and spent 6 weeks in a constant state of vomiting and diarrhoea, 1 in 20,000 would be enough to scare me off.
          Shit, I still look at ALL chicken products with a suspicious eye.

        • +4


          Puts hairs on your chest

        • -1

          @Scrooge McDuck: SCROOOOOOGE!! Have missed your witty additions - welcome back you jail bird

        • @Scrooge McDuck: particularly after being cremated.

        • +1

          I had it as a young kid. The prospects of morbidity aside (was in ICU for 5 days), apparently I projectile shat (wow, shat is actually not being autocorrected) so much we ended up with new furniture.

          Ps. Wow, shat isn't being censored.

        • +1

          @tshow: Shit is also not censored. This is an Aussie forum after all!

        • @tshow:

          apparently I projectile shat (wow, shat is actually not being autocorrected) so much we ended up with new furniture.


        • +2

          @Scrooge McDuck:
          I should not have googled that.

        • @tshow: Did you contract it from eating a raw egg? iv'e yet to meet anyone on this thread who has…..

        • @volcanoeqcycle:
          We never did find it where it came from.

      • It is really simple: DON'T eat raw eggs
        You risk salmonella regardless of how clean your hands are…
        Also break/crack the eggs open on a countertop rather than on the side of a container or frypan: the less outside shell contact with the contents the better.
        Also if you feed cats eggs: make sure you cook them throughly.

    • +2

      You can avoid any risk just sous vide them at 57.2C for 75 minutes

    • +2

      my anecdotal evidence for what its worth;

      I have been consuming 4 raw eggs every morning for the last 5 or so years with absolutely no issues

      • +1

        sounds about right, Australia actually has fairly strict code, and I've actually visited egg farms personally and seen how they (by law) have to handle the eggs. The eggs are ran through a fairly powerful water jet egg washer (which causes some damage especially with the softer shelled ones so they are gone).

        It is then passed through an inspection line where the eggs are lined up row by row with a powerful light underneath and inspected by hand (at least this was around 8 years ago) to ensure there are no abnormalities, so another batch is kicked off.

        While there is always cases of egg caused food poisoning, unfortunately the evidence isn't around to suggest if its purely due to raw egg or mishandling after the consumer purchase the egg.

      • You've never had vomiting, diarrhea, or any other such illness in the last 5 years? Most people showing symptoms perhaps 24 hours later wouldn't even know where it came from or correlate the source.

        • +1

          The few occurrences that i have had i can definitely attribute to other sources (others who ate the same food and such)

        • Peaceful now

      • Good to know, do you just crack the eggs and down the hatch?

        • I basically make a milkshake with them.
          Usually includes 4 eggs, 1 cup oats, 1 banana, small handful berries and some milk all blended together.
          I add egg whites on gym days too (you can buy these separately)
          I dont really taste the egg at all and it just tastes like a wheat-y banana milkshake

          I guess it would be faster to take them straight up but i dont think i could stand that much raw egg, although thinking about it i would probably get used to it quickly?

    • +1

      Japanese people eat raw eggs fairly often.

      Not eating them is more a cultural thing than a scientific one.

  • +6


  • +27

    If you're fully grown you should eat five dozen eggs, so that you'll be roughly the size of a barge

    • +11

      Eggy McEggface?

    • +7

      Still a lad, only four dozen for me. As a side note, I'm especially good at expectorating… coincidence?

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