Can a human eat 50 eggs?

The idea of eating 50 eggs in one sitting may seem outrageous to most people. But it’s a challenge some competitive eaters have taken on. Eating 50 eggs is no easy feat. But is it doable? And more importantly, is it safe? Here’s a look at what happens when a human attempts to eat 50 eggs.

Quick Answers:

– It’s possible, but extremely difficult, for a human to eat 50 eggs in one sitting. The current world record is 65 eggs in 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

– Eating 50 eggs would provide around 10,000 calories and 750 grams of protein. This is far more than the recommended daily intake for most people.

– Consuming so many eggs at once could lead to negative health effects like high cholesterol, intestinal discomfort, vomiting, diarrhea, and potential vitamin toxicity.

– Training over time to expand stomach capacity would be required to allow a person to consume 50 eggs in one sitting.

– Most people would be unable to eat more than 10-15 eggs in a single sitting due to fullness and undesirable side effects.

Nutritional Content of 50 Eggs

To understand the effects of eating 50 eggs, let’s break down the nutritional content:


On average, one large hard-boiled egg contains about 78 calories. So 50 eggs would provide around 3,900 calories. However, given the eggs would likely be eaten raw in an eating contest scenario, there may be slightly more calories since raw eggs retain more fat. So a rough estimate is that 50 eggs would provide around 4,000 – 5,000 calories.

To put this in perspective, the recommended daily calorie intake for most adults is around 2,000 – 2,500 calories. So eating 50 eggs in one sitting would provide nearly double the calories an average person needs in an entire day!


The average large egg contains about 6 grams of protein. At 50 eggs, that results in 300 grams of protein. Again, raw eggs actually have slightly more protein, so the total for 50 raw eggs may be closer to 350-375 grams of protein.

For comparison, the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein is around 50 grams per day for most adults. Consuming 10-15 times the RDA for protein in one sitting could put strain on the kidneys which are responsible for filtering excess protein.


Eggs are relatively high in fat, with about 5 grams per large egg. At 50 eggs, that’s 250 grams of fat. Like protein, this is 5-10 times higher than the recommended daily intake of fat for most people.


The average large egg contains around 185 mg of cholesterol. Fifty eggs would provide 9,250 mg of cholesterol.

The daily recommended limit for cholesterol intake is 300 mg. So 50 eggs would supply over 30 times the recommended daily cholesterol intake! This could significantly impact blood cholesterol levels.


Eggs provide a range of vitamins and minerals like Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, selenium and others.

Eating 50 eggs would result in extremely high levels of these nutrients. While vitamins are necessary, consuming well over the recommended amount could potentially lead to vitamin toxicity.

Nutrient In 1 Large Egg In 50 Eggs
Calories 78 3,900-5,000
Protein 6g 300-375g
Fat 5g 250g
Cholesterol 185mg 9,250mg

World Records for Egg Eating

Believe it or not, there are actually world records held for egg eating. Here are a few to provide an idea of how many eggs people have successfully consumed in a limited time:

  • 65 eggs in 6 minutes 40 seconds – current world record set in 2012 by Adrian Finch of Australia
  • 52 hard-boiled eggs in 5 minutes – previous record set in 2004 by Takeru Kobayashi
  • 20 raw eggs in 1 minute 47 seconds – record set in 2014 by Molly Schuyler

These competitive egg eaters have specially trained over many years to expand their stomach capacity and improve their egg swallowing speed.

For an average person, getting anywhere close to eating 50 eggs in a single sitting would be extremely difficult. But as these records show, it’s physiologically possible, albeit extremely unhealthy.

Physical Effects of Eating 50 Eggs

So what would happen if someone actually tried to eat 50 eggs? Here are some of the likely physical effects:

Extreme Fullness and Stomach Pain

The average stomach can comfortably hold about 1 liter of food at a time. Given the large volume of 50 eggs, extreme fullness and stomach pains would occur quite quickly into the meal. The stomach would rapidly over-expand leading to discomfort and the urge to vomit.

Nausea and Vomiting

Eggs are high in fat and protein. Once consumed in large quantities, they take a long time to digest. The heavy food sitting in the stomach is likely to cause feelings of nausea and repeated vomiting.


The body would struggle to digest and absorb such a huge influx of fat and protein all at once. This could result in cramps, bloating and severe diarrhea after eating so many eggs.


Vomiting and diarrhea after eating 50 eggs could quickly lead to dehydration if the lost fluids are not replaced. Headaches, dizziness, dry mouth and dark urine color are signs of dehydration that may appear.

Electrolyte Imbalance

Related to dehydration, vomiting and diarrhea can also throw off electrolyte balances in the body. Critical electrolytes like sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium can become depleted. This can disrupt nerve impulses and muscle function.

High Cholesterol

Consuming 30 times the recommended daily cholesterol intake from 50 eggs could substantially raise blood cholesterol levels. This increases risk for heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

Protein Toxicity

Excess protein places strain on the liver and kidneys to break it down and excrete it. Side effects could include nausea, diarrhea, dehydration, headache, fatigue and even kidney stones or liver damage in extreme cases.

Vitamin Toxicity

While rare, excess accumulation of certain vitamins from supplements or food can cause toxicity. Adverse effects like liver damage (Vitamin A), nerve problems (Vitamin B6) and kidney stones (Vitamin C) can occur.

Long-Term Effects

If a person was determined to make eating 50 eggs in one sitting a regular habit, what long-term health impacts might occur?

Weight Gain

At up to 5,000 calories in 50 eggs, consuming them daily would lead to rapid weight gain over time. Storing so many excess calories as body fat would increase obesity risk.

Heart Disease

Repeatedly consuming 50 eggs worth of cholesterol could accelerate atherosclerosis – the dangerous buildup of plaque in arteries. This raises risk of heart attack, stroke and death.

Kidney Damage

The kidneys may struggle to filter the large protein load from 50 eggs every day. Kidney function may decline over time, resulting in a condition like chronic kidney disease.

Type 2 Diabetes

Weight gain, cholesterol and protein issues caused by excessive egg intake raise the risk of developing insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.


High protein intake and rapid weight gain are linked to a painful condition called gout. Uric acid crystals build up in the joints, causing swelling and stiffness.


Some research links eating large amounts of eggs consistently to increased risks of certain cancers like prostate cancer and colorectal cancer. More research is needed on this.

Shortened Lifespan

The cumulative effects of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other conditions potentially caused or worsened by eating 50 eggs daily would likely reduce overall lifespan.

Training to Eat 50 Eggs

For those determined to attempt the 50 egg challenge, training over a long period to expand stomach capacity is required. Here is an overview of the training competitive eaters use:

Gradual Calorie Increase

They gradually increase daily calorie intake over months and years to expand the stomach’s ability to hold more food.

Stomach Stretching

They drink large amounts of water during and after eating to stretch out the stomach over time.

Eating Frequently

Eating smaller meals more often throughout the day can encourage stomach expansion.

High Protein Diet

Eating a diet higher in protein may help increase stomach capacity.

Avoiding Fats and Fibers

Minimizing fats and high-fiber foods that take longer to digest allows more food intake.

Egg Eating Practice

Practicing speed egg eating helps strengthen throat muscles and reflexes for faster swallowing.


Eating 50 eggs in one sitting is an extreme challenge that risks numerous adverse health effects. However, with extensive long-term training, some competitive eaters have managed to successfully consume over 50 eggs very quickly.

For an average person, eating more than 10-15 eggs in a single meal would likely be impossible due to stomach capacity limits and unpleasant side effects like vomiting. While it’s possible in theory to eat 50 eggs, doing so is extremely inadvisable for the average person due to health dangers like cholesterol issues, protein toxicity and vitamin excess.

In the end, man vs food challenges like the 50 egg marathon make for interesting entertainment, but provide no meaningful nutrition goals. As the old saying goes, just because you can do something doesn’t necessarily mean you should. When it comes to eating 50 eggs in one go, it’s a foolish risk with no real reward.

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