Can You Eat Eggs With Blood Spots in Them?

Fried egg in a pan
Close-up of an egg frying in a pan. (Image: PavelIvanov/iStock/Getty Images)

Eggs are a staple in many kitchens, and are included in breakfast menus and other recipes. When you crack an egg, checking for shell remnants and discolorations helps protect you from illness due to contamination from improper handling or a spoiled egg. With the translucent egg white and bright yellow yolk, a blood spot inside an egg can be an eyesore, and a cause for concern when you do not know if it is safe.

Cause

Egglands Best explains that blood spots are the result of a broken blood vessel on the yolk surface or the oviduct wall during egg formation. Despite common belief, they are not indicators of contamination or other defects.

Nutrition

Eggs with a blood spot suffer no nutritional loss, nor contain any bacteria related to the discoloration. Eggs contain 70 calories each, with only 4 g of fat. Despite cholesterol concerns, the American Diabetes Association and American Dietetic Association report that one egg is a viable substitute for a single serving of meat. Eggs are an alternative source of protein with DHA and small amounts of other minerals.

Cooking

Treat eggs with blood spots as you would any other egg. Remove the blood spot with a spoon or knife if desired, then cook and serve the egg as part of your meal. Crack eggs for inclusion in recipes into a separate dish before adding them to your mixture. Using the separate dish for cracked eggs allows you to catch flaws such as the blood spots or egg shells.

Safety

Keep your eggs refrigerated and wash your hands after cracking eggs to limit the risk of salmonella. Eggs are an allergen and can cause rashes and other reactions in allergic individuals. Do not mistake an allergic reaction or rash for contamination due to blood spots. Consult a doctor if you have any concerns about egg allergies.

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