Saturday, 20 August
A fitness influencer says he eats 100 eggs a day because they are “fast 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 filled with 400 eggs. In the video, which has more than 200 000 views, he claims that it would take him just four days to consume them all.
However, he only consumes the egg whites and discards the yolks.
“I eat seven to eight to ten meals a day … [I’m] eating basically 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 set you back by around R220 (and over R6 000 a month) at Checkers – but Torraca says that money is not a factor: “I don’t care about money, I care about my shape,” he says.
‘My body absorbs eggs really well’
In a YouTube video, the Florida man says he follows a low-carb diet and that 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 really well. That’s why I eat a lot of eggs,” he says, adding that he prefers “real food” over supplements.
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Social media users have questioned whether consuming that many eggs per day is healthy, while some suggest that his videos may be an attempt to get online views.
Torraca, who calls himself the “The King of Diet”, has more than a half a million followers on TikTok and 100 000 followers on Instagram. With his content reaching a wide audience, we have to ask: how healthy is his egg-consumption habit?
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Good in moderation
It’s clear that egg whites are a low-cost source of protein. According to WebMD, they are an “excellent way to add protein to your diet without adding calories”.
Mounting evidence also supports that eggs can be part of a heart-healthy diet. But, as is the case with most things in life, moderation is key.
Because of their numerous benefits, it’s okay to eat one whole egg every day, says Susan Campbell, a registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic.
A 2008 report also supports the idea that eating an egg a day is generally safe for the heart. However, going much beyond this 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 any single food a way of life. The healthiest diets include a variety of foods with an emphasis on filling 75% of your plate with diverse, plant-based foods, such as veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds and beans.”
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Experts at Harvard Health suggest that “for those looking to eat a healthy diet, keeping intake of eggs moderate to low will be best for most.”
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