PROPERTIES OF EGGSHELL POWDER
Eggshell powder, in very small amounts, is used in some parts of the world as a calcium supplement, since eggshell contains a lot of calcium as calcium carbonate (CaCO3)
How to make eggshell powder?
To prepare the eggshell powder follow this process:
- Wash the eggs.
- Open the eggs and remove the contents inside. This is intended to ovo-products.
- Ground and wash to remove the shell membranes.
- Dry the shells
- Pasteurize the shells
- Ground them into a powder.
What's in an eggshell?
Most of the eggshell powder is comprised of ashes. It also contains a few proteins, and minerals.
The following table shows the composition of eggshell powder
Eggshell powder properties
Eggshell powder, because it contains calcium, iron, phosphorus and magnesium, it is recommended in some countries for people who take little milk to avoid anomalies such as softening of the bones or osteoporosis , especially in older people and in women during menopause.
It has been proven that people who take this supplement have fewer fractures and less bone problems.
It is also recommended in the same conditions to young people to promote bone growth.
Remedies with homemade eggshell powder
Although there are some sources that mention the use of homemade eggshell powder, it is NOT recommended to produce this at home. At home you do not have adequate machinery to reduce eggshells to a powder so fine that it can not pose a risk to the stomach and intestine. Crushed at home shells could be responsible for producing small lesions in the gastric mucosa.
Moreover, handling this food could cause contamination that would be responsible for serious infections.
Do not forget that eggs are the most important breeding ground for the development of such important pathogens such as salmonella.
Therefore, it is recommended to seek egg powder produced industrially from trusted brands. This component is commonly included as a supplement in other foods such as rice bars, candy, fruit juices, etc.
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This material is for informational purposes only. In case of doubt, consult the doctor.