15 Foods You Should Never Eat Raw

9. Eggs

Don’t eat them whole and raw. | Irisstock/iStock/Getty Images

Eggs are an excellent source of protein, but swallowing them whole (and raw) like Gaston from Beauty and the Beast won’t do you any favors — and it could make you sick.

It’s the same refrain you’ve heard in the kitchen since you were little: eating unbaked cookie dough that has raw eggs in it could give you salmonella, which is responsible for around a million cases of food poisoning every year. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool, chills, and fever,

There’s some debate over whether raw eggs are safe to eat or not. It’s true that people with compromised immune systems — including children, pregnant women, and the elderly — are more likely to contract the disease. But still, it seems safer to cook eggs before consuming, just in case.

Next: These taste terrible when they’re raw.

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