Remember the scene from the movie Rocky where Sylvester Stallone wakes up before dawn and cracks five eggs into a glass? The fighter-in-training barely blinked an eye while gulping down the slimy cocktail. However, Rocky Balboa was onto something. Raw eggs can actually be good for you.
One raw egg has about 36 percent more vitamin D than a cooked egg. Those extra nutrients help in regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, which are vital for healthy bones and teeth, per Valerie Goldstein, Director of Nutrition at the Center for Balanced Health. If you do get a hankering to crack one into your post workout smoothie, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service does recommend that you use in-shell pasteurized eggs, as they have less of a risk for foodborne illness.
Maybe raw eggs are a bit too phlegmy in texture for you, though. No worries. Take a bite out of these downright disgusting options that will do wonders for your health.