- A fitness influencer claims he eats 100 eggs a day.
- He says he only eats the egg whites and gets rid of the yolks.
- Although eggs offer many nutritional benefits, consuming too many can be bad for your health.
A fitness influencer says he eats 100 eggs a day because they are “quick to digest” and allow him to eat many small meals throughout the day.
Fernando Torraca, who is a full-time bodybuilder and has been training for 19 years, posted a clip on TikTok showing a basket full of 400 eggs. In the video, which has over 200,000 views, he claims it would only take him four days to consume them all.
However, it only consumes the egg whites and discards the yolks.
“I eat seven to eight to ten meals a day… [I’m] eat almost every hour [or] hour and a half,” says Torraca.
Egg prices are on the rise in the US – in South Africa, 100 eggs a day will cost you around R220 (and over R6,000 a month) at ladies – but Torraca says money is not a factor: “I don’t care about money, I care about my form,” he says.
“My body absorbs eggs very well”
In a YouTube videoFlorida man says he’s on a low carb diet and chicken and salmon make him feel bloated and take too long to digest.
“My body doesn’t absorb that kind of protein. My body absorbs eggs very well. That’s why I eat a lot of eggs,” he says, adding that he prefers “real food” to supplements.
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Social media users have questioned whether eating so many eggs a day is healthy, while some suggest his videos may be an attempt to gain online views.
Torraca, who calls himself the “King of the Diet”, has more than half a million followers on TikTok and 100,000 followers on Instagram. With her content reaching a wide audience, we have to ask ourselves: how healthy is her egg-eating habit?
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Good in moderation
It’s clear that egg whites are a low-cost source of protein. According to WebMDthey’re a “great way to add protein to your diet without adding calories.”
More and more evidence also argues that eggs can be part of a heart-healthy diet. But, as with most things in life, moderation is key.
Due to their many benefits, it is normal to eat a whole egg every day, said Susan Campbell, registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic.
A 2008 report also supports the idea that eating one egg a day is generally heart-safe. However, going much further could increase the risk of heart failure later in life.
Registered Dietitian Samantha Cassetty told the Today show“’The reality is that it’s not healthy to make a single food a way of life. The healthiest diets include a variety of foods with an emphasis on filling 75% of your plate with various plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and beans.
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Experts at Harvard Health suggests that “For those looking to eat healthily, it’s best for most to keep egg consumption moderate to low.”