We all start our day with a routine of some sort or another, but most of those routines include at least one cup of coffee. Some people take it black, others with cream and sugar, and still others, with a special flavoring. Then again, there are some people who take it with a raw egg.

Trends tend to come and go, but one of the latest trends is putting raw eggs in black coffee. It is thought to be the best way to start your day off when you want to maximize your workout.

Generally speaking, the thought is that putting eggs in your coffee will fill you up with protein and give you a caffeine boost that will help you get more out of your time at the gym. Although it may be trending, there are some reasons why you might want to consider keeping the egg out of your coffee.

Spoiler Alert: There’s more to the suggestion than the unappealing thought of downing a raw egg with your favorite morning beverage.

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As I’m sure most of you know, consuming raw eggs is not the best idea. Salmonella poisoning is a real possibility, and it can lead to some unsavory symptoms, such as cramping, diarrhea, and vomiting. Even though coffee that is extremely hot may cook the eggs to a safe temperature, it is hit or miss. That isn’t a chance that many people would want to take.

Although it is true that drinking coffee before a workout can give you a good energy boost, having your protein before your workout is not the way to maximize your pump. The real benefit comes with getting your protein after you are done at the gym. Of course, there is some benefit to getting it ahead of time but the best benefit comes with consuming protein within 30 minutes after your workout has finished.

You might also find it interesting that heading off to the gym is not the first reason why people put raw eggs in their coffee. That particular mixture has actually been around for quite some time, as beaten and cooked eggs have been added to coffee for centuries.

In a traditional Vietnamese egg coffee, you will find coffee, sugar, condensed milk, and egg yolks. It is whipped into a froth to create a filling and sweet beverage. This drink is common in Hanoi cafés.

The Swedes are also known for mixing whole raw eggs with their coffee grounds before brewing the coffee.

The bottom line is, there may be some benefits to adding an egg to your coffee. If you are going to do so, however, make sure it is hot enough to cook the egg.