Here Are 4 Reasons Why Eating Egg Whites Might Be Harmful For You

Eggs are healthy and you must eat eggs daily, says experts but egg whites do have certain side-effects. Know them here.

Chanchal Sengar
Written by: Chanchal SengarUpdated at: Sep 11, 2021 12:58 IST
Here Are 4 Reasons Why Eating Egg Whites Might Be Harmful For You

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Egg lovers! Take note! Having a scrambled egg in breakfast just feels heavenly! Isn't it? But it is really healthy? Often perceived as a healthier way to consume eggs, just having egg whites also has its drawbacks. Eggs whites are high in protein but low in nutritional value if compared to the whole egg. There are also side effects associated with egg whites, like allergies, infections and deficiencies. However, not everyone may experience these ill-effects but it is better to be informed. Read the side effects of eating white daily.

Egg White Nutrition

The white part of an egg is called Egg white. It is between the egg yolk and shell. To fascinate you with the benefits, eggs are full of:

  • protein
  • sodium 
  • selenium 
  • folate
  • calcium

Do you know that an egg white has around sixteen calories? Yes, it has.

Now that you know, egg's white carries neither any saturated fats or cholesterol, but still, eating it has various side-effects. Below are the 4 most common side-effects:

Egg Whites Side Effects

A lot of people consume egg whites on a regular basis but there are some side effects of eating egg white daily that you must know. Here are four side-ffects of egg whites.

Also Read: Egg White or Whole Egg, Which Is Better And Why?

#1 Allergic Reactions

Some people are allergic to egg whites as well as albumin proteins. Eating egg whites may trigger allergic reactions causing symptoms such as rashes, swelling, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, wheezing, coughing, and sneezing. In some rare cases, eating egg whites can also trigger severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, drop in blood pressure, inflammation in the throat or mouth, and loss of consciousness. People who are allergic to eggs are likely to be allergic to egg whites.


#2 Food Poisoning

Raw egg whites can be contaminated by Salmonella, a bacteria found in the intestines of chickens. It can also be present on the inner and outer surfaces of egg shells. To avoid the risk of salmonella, it is recommended to avoid eating egg whites everyday but cook the eggs for a long period of time and at a high temperature. It is best to eat properly boiled or fried egg whites.


#3 Depletion of Water-Soluble Vitamin B or Biotin

Deficiency of Biotin, also known as Vitamin H or Vitamin B7, may lead to skin conditions such as cradle cap, seborrheic dermatitis, lack of muscle tone or coordination, muscle pain and cramps, seizures and hair loss. However, Journals published in NBCI and Science Direct show that this is only if you eat RAW Egg Whites that too for prolonged time periods, biotin deficiency may occur. This is because Avidin, a protein present in egg whites rubs off biotin from the body, increasing the risk of biotin deficiency, thereby increasing the risk of possible side-effects.

Also Read: 8 Simple Ways To Incorporate Eggs In Your Diet

#4 Excess Protein in the Body

eating egg whites daily

Egg whites are rich in proteins, and according to doctors, eating a high amount of protein can be dangerous if you suffer from kidney problems. Vegan egg from plant is also becoming popular. People with low Glomerular filtration rate could be afflicted by acute kidney injury because of the high biological value of egg protein. 0.6 to 0.8 grams of protein is the recommended daily intake for people who suffer from an impaired renal function. However, doctors still recommend that around 60% of the proteins come from eggs. So, it is recommended to eat no more than a couple of eggs daily. People who have acute liver problems should consult their doctor before starting a diet that includes egg whites.


Egg whites may be one of the healthiest foods in your diet plan, but you don’t eat more than two eggs daily. Also, there are some precautions that can prevent you from the side effects of eating boiled egg white daily. Eggs must be properly boiled before consumption. If you are eating scrambled eggs, ensure that they are neither undercooked nor overcooked. These small tips can prevent you from adverse effects.

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