Can a person eat egg shells?

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Offline CliffordK

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« on: 07/11/2011 22:25:42 »
My grandfather developed kyphosis in his old age. 

So, I've started taking calcium supplements on a daily basis...  hopefully to avoid that fate.

Anyway, from time to time, I like to eat eggs...  So...  can one also eat the egg shells?  Perhaps throw them into the coffee grinder   [::)]

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« Reply #1 on: 07/11/2011 23:58:55 »
If you can eat glass, metal, pins, toys and other random objects then I would say egg shells in comparison are quite tame.  Having a quick gander at the net shows that other people have asked the same question in other forums and from what I can gather you grind it up and make about a teaspoon of powder from an egg.  It has calcium in it, that's all I have to say on that, bon appetite!   [:P]
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« Reply #2 on: 08/11/2011 02:20:19 »
I recall that those egg-eating snakes regurgitate the eggshells after their contents have been consumed. I suppose that means that either they cannot digest it or at least would be unable to digest it without it being ground into a more diffuse form like powder. Since those snakes are specialized in egg-eating, makes me wonder what that says about a more generalist species like us?

If you were to crush it into a fine powder, I don't imagine it would be harmful if consumed. If it were indigestible, it should pass harmlessly through the gut.

As far as getting calcium from food goes, I recall that more than once I have eaten the chicken bone inside of fried chicken legs. It wasn't easy and tasted somewhat like liver. However, I didn't get sick from it although I doubt it was good for my teeth.
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« Reply #3 on: 08/11/2011 04:19:04 »
Hmmm....
So, if a snake can eat a cow whole...
Does it also spit out the bones?

I might have to give it a try.  I suppose the question would be whether or not it is absorbed, but if acid softens egg shells, and one grinds it to a fine powder, I'd imagine it would get absorbed fairly well.

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« Reply #4 on: 08/11/2011 10:00:14 »
My grandfather used to suppliment his chicken's calcium intake by roasting the egg shells in the oven for a while then crushing them and mixing in with their feed. That's what I call recycling.

Another source of natural calcium can be found in weeds from your garden such as dandelion, stinging & dead nettle, smooth & prckly sow thistle, chickweed, chicory, clover and common mallow.
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« Reply #5 on: 08/11/2011 15:50:34 »
You can consume them:

http://www.instructables.com/id/CalciumCitrate/

You should probably cook the egg shells before doing it though, eggs reach the world through a cloaca.

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« Reply #6 on: 08/11/2011 22:11:33 »
Another source of natural calcium can be found in weeds from your garden such as dandelion, stinging & dead nettle, smooth & prckly sow thistle, chickweed, chicory, clover and common mallow.
I have been experimenting with making dandelion (or Catsear) coffee   [;)]  But, I tend to give the stinging nettle a wide birth.

I think I'll try some egg shells soon.  Probably grinding them up first, then since not all of them are very fresh, probably cook them a little...  I wonder if they could be added to something interesting.   [;)]


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« Reply #7 on: 09/11/2011 00:02:45 »
Without checking I thought chalk was a pretty good source of calcium? 
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« Reply #8 on: 09/11/2011 00:40:36 »
Without checking I thought chalk was a pretty good source of calcium? 
Good idea...

I could probably go to the local college and clean the powder from the trays under the chalkboards.   [^]  Do they still use chalkboards?

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« Reply #9 on: 09/11/2011 19:37:18 »
I have been using dandelion in salads on occasion, picked from the garden. Adds a nice flavour to the salad, and is good to spice meat with too.

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« Reply #10 on: 10/11/2011 07:27:23 »
wow good to know that those egg shells are edible. I may try one tomorrow morning at breakfast to save money lol.