Salmonella is a bacteria that can be found in raw eggs. It causes a food borne illness like food poisoning, so severe that it requires immediate medical attention. So why do people still put raw eggs in their protein shakes? Is it really all that dangerous? Odds are, you’re probably not going to get salmonella by reenacting a scene from Rocky Balboa. That doesn’t necessarily mean you’re safe though.
There are over 300 million people in the United States, and out of those 300 million about 30 die each year from eating raw eggs, according to the FDA. So is it a risk? Yes. About a one percent chance to be exact. But whether or not you want to take that risk is totally up to you.
So why risk it? What possible benefit can you get out of consuming raw eggs? The nutritional content of a raw egg vs a cooked egg differs in minimal ways. The proteins that your body breaks down from consuming raw eggs are the same as cooked eggs. So you may as well just cook the egg and skip the risk all together.
So can you get Salmonella from eating raw eggs? Yes. Will you? Who knows.