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Why Do Americans Refrigerate Eggs?

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  • Americans wash their eggs and refrigerate them, but in most other countries eggs are brought from the henhouse and kept at room temperature.
  • Eggs contain essential amino acids, lots of protein, vitamins, and healthy, necessary fats that can actually help you lose weight.
  • People wash their eggs to avoid bacteria such as salmonella, but a phenomenon in nature is the protective “cuticle” eggs are covered with when they’re laid by mother hens. Washing eggs damages this invisible covering.
  • The USDA insists that U.S. egg producers “shampoo” eggs and refrigerate them from farm to table, but in Europe, it’s actually illegal. Experts there blame egg washing for a huge increase in salmonella outbreaks.

By Dr. Mercola

Perhaps it's just a matter of course that you wash your eggs before using them. Many Americans do. But did you know that in many areas of the world, they don't?

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