eli5: why can’t we eat cookie dough because it’s got raw egg in it, but athletes eat straight raw egg and they’re fine?

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eli5: why can’t we eat cookie dough because it’s got raw egg in it, but athletes eat straight raw egg and they’re fine?

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Cookie dough isn’t a salmonella risk because of eggs, it’s an issue because of the flour.
https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/communication/no-raw-dough.html
As well as athletes, a lot of Asian cultures eat raw or barely cooked eggs and there isn’t a huge issue of salmonella from. Doing so

In general you can eat raw food, but there is a risk to it. It should not be the case but some raw food does contain various harmful bacteria, fungi or parasites. The exception being living vegetables. There are a lot of efforts put into preventing harmful pathogens from getting sold to the consumer and things like salmonella infections among poultry farms are taken very seriously. However some products can make it into the supermarkets before the outbreak is discovered. So it is not that you can not eat cookie dough, it is rather that you should not.

As for athletes eating raw eggs this is based on some misunderstandings about how digestion works and the desire for some people to look cool. Professional athletes who listen to proven scientific theories avoid raw food, even more then most. Firstly there is no advantage to eating eggs raw and secondly it puts them at higher risk of infections which could disrupt their training, their body and possible the rest of their professional life. However some hobby body builders are still obsessed with eating raw eggs and protein powders even though this have little impact on their training efforts.

Every time I bake cookies I will eat some of the dough raw. Never had any adverse effects of it. It might go wrong but it never happened to me and I think a lot of people eat raw dough or batter

Where I live eggs don’t contain any salmonella, and here we eat raw egg all the time. All ice cream recipes contain raw egg for instance. (Norway)