Eggs are a staple in the average diet. They’re a great source of protein, low fat, and they come in different forms such as hard-boiled, soft-boiled, and baked. However, according to the USDA’s Food Guide Pyramid, eggs shouldn’t be eaten after 10 days. In this article, we’ll discuss why this is and what you should do if you have an egg that’s been sitting around for more than 10 days.
Can You Eat Hard-Boiled Eggs After 10 Days?
There are many questions about the shelf life of hard-boiled eggs. The main concern is that these eggs have a lot of protein, something that people are not supposed to eat much of. This is why most people believe that the eggs can only be consumed for no longer than ten days after being prepared.
What Are The Benefits Of Eating Eggs After 10 Days?
Eggs are a great source of protein and they’re low in fat. They also provide a large number of vitamins and minerals that you can’t find in other types of food. The benefits of eating eggs after 10 days include:
- A boost to your immune system
- Increased energy levels
- Providing magnesium and vitamin D
- Prevents anemia
- Aid in the absorption of calcium
- Helpful to someone who has a heme-iron deficiency
- High in omega 3 fatty acids, which helps to prevent heart disease
- A good source of iron
- Provide a source of choline, which helps to maintain brain health
Provide a source of lutein, which is important for eye health and vision development in children
- Carbohydrates, protein, fat, and cholesterol are all contained in eggs. Egg yolks are especially high in omega 3 fatty acids and lutein. This can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
How Can An Egg Be Harmful To The Body?
- Eggs contain cholesterol and should be avoided by people with high cholesterol levels.
- Eggs can cause food poisoning because of the bacteria that are present in the egg.
- Eggs contain a protein called avidin, which is known to cause allergic reactions in some people and may cause problems for those with a low iron level in the body.
- The white part of an egg contains albumen and this can be harmful to an unborn baby if ingested by a pregnant woman or it could lead to miscarriage.
- The yolk of an egg contains vitamin D, which is essential for the development of bones and teeth during childhood and adolescence; however, too much exposure to vitamin D can lead to bone fractures later on in life.
- For people who suffer from diabetes, eating eggs regularly may worsen their condition because they contain small amounts of carbohydrates that they cannot use as energy sources but instead turn into glucose that raises blood sugar levels after consumption.
- People who are lactose intolerant will also have problems if they consume eggs because they contain lactose.
- People who suffer from anemia or low iron levels in their bodies may find that eating eggs can cause anemia because the yolk contains iron.
- People who suffer from kidney stones may find that eating eggs increases the risk of developing kidney stones because the large amounts of calcium in them may cause the stone to become too big to pass through a person’s kidneys without being passed out naturally.
- The egg white contains albumen and this can be harmful to an unborn baby if ingested by a pregnant woman or it could lead to miscarriage.
Is It Possible To Die From Eating Too Many Eggs?
- In the UK, it is estimated that around one in five people suffers from a form of food poisoning called “salmonella enterica” infection every year. Every year, 5,000 people die from salmonella infections caused by eating eggs and around 100,000 people are hospitalized with the illness because of eating contaminated eggs
- The bacteria found in an egg can cause food poisoning if eaten raw or undercooked because it can cause diarrhea and vomiting. The symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea (sometimes bloody) and abdominal cramps (which may become severe) followed by vomiting within 12 to 72 hours after ingestion. Symptoms typically last for 7 to 10 days, but they may last up to 4 weeks
- Salmonella bacteria can spread through contaminated surfaces or items such as cutting boards, knives, and even hands during preparation or handling
- If you have a low iron level in your body you should avoid eating eggs because they contain too much iron. If you have a low iron level in your body, you should speak to your doctor about whether or not it is safe for you to eat eggs. People with low iron levels may be at an increased risk of developing food poisoning if they consume too much egg yolk-based foods such as omelets and scrambled eggs
- People who suffer from kidney stones may find that eating eggs can increase the risk of kidney stones because the large amounts of calcium in them can cause the stone to become too big to pass through a person’s kidneys without being passed out naturally
- The egg white contains albumen and this can be harmful to an unborn baby if ingested by a pregnant woman or it could lead to miscarriage
- Although there is no evidence that eating eggs will cause cancer, some people believe it is possible for those who have had cancer in the past or are prone to tumors (such as people with breast cancer) to develop salmonella infections from eating eggs. If you have had cancer in the past, it is always best to discuss this with your doctor before eating eggs
- Although eating too many eggs may not cause a person to gain weight, there is evidence that on average people who eat more than 6-7 eggs per week will put on around 2 pounds of weight each year (this would be less than an extra pound per month). If you are trying to lose weight, it is best to avoid eating egg-based foods and focus on healthier options
- It has been suggested that people who suffer from asthma should avoid eating egg-based foods because of the effect that they can have on their lungs
- There are no studies demonstrating a link between eating too many eggs and developing cancer
What Are Some Signs That Eggs Might Have Been Sitting Around For More Than 10 Days?
- The eggshells are soft and the yolks are runny
- The egg has a foul smell
- The egg has a green tinge to it
- There is an unusual color to the egg
- There are cracks in the shell of the egg (this may be caused by poor storage)
Eating hard-boiled eggs is a great way to get protein in your diet. They’re also a good source of other nutrients and fiber that can help you lose weight in a healthy way. However, eating them after 10 days may result in you not getting enough nutrients and fiber. The egg yolks can stay fresh for up to 3 weeks if they’re stored properly in the refrigerator. If they do get older than that, don’t worry; it’s still safe to eat them.