It's the ultimate bummer: After hauling your groceries from your car (or your shoulders if you walked) onto your counter, you notice a couple of your eggs have cracked. Your dozen is down to 10.

So, should you just count your losses and toss them or are these broken eggs salvageable? Unfortunately, your gut instinct as right.

Simply put: "Toss them," says Jen Bruning, M.S., R.D.N, L.D.N., registered dietitian nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. "If you can see any cracking, even just spider-web, that means that the already-porous shell of the egg has been compromised, and there's a higher likelihood that bacteria could be lurking inside." (Related: Your Guide to Buying The Healthiest Eggs)

And, yes, that bacteria can make you seriously sick.

Eggshells can become contaminated with Salmonella from poultry droppings (yup, poop) or from the area where they are laid, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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