What is Egg Allergy & Intolerance

At least 1.5% of children have egg intolerance and for most of them, the allergic reaction is gone as soon as they are fully grown.

The problem comes at those who still have it even though they are adults. There are people who are very sensitive to eggs and have some serious issues after eating eggs. If you are egg intolerant, you need to completely avoid eggs in order to dodge some severe side effects.

Egg intolerance occurs at people who can’t digest the eggs or their bodies react to some of the nutrients of the eggs. It is an egg intolerance or egg allergy if a person has a gastrointestinal reaction to products made from egg. It is for the best to know what you eat every time that you buy food from a restaurant in order to avoid the symptoms.

Some people believe that egg intolerance is very similar to a food allergy. Some of the symptoms are pretty similar, but there is a difference. The symptoms of an allergy are much worse and it is harder and it takes more time to treat them.

Scientifically explained, an allergy starts a systemic immune response and the body starts producing immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies because of the most present nutrient in the eggs – the protein.

The person who had an egg allergy probably got it by exposing himself to a diet or vaccination.

Usual symptoms of egg allergy are mouth or throat swelling, nausea, vomiting, wheezing or diarrhea.

Egg Intolerance Symptoms

The intolerance symptoms are usually caused by the albumen (white of the egg) but it is possible for a reaction from the egg yolk.

The people who are egg intolerant don’t have the ability to properly absorb and digest the egg whites. Common symptoms of this condition are bloating, stomach pain, vomiting, cramps, excessive gas or any gastrointestinal issues.

There are other symptoms, such as heartburn, stress, headache, poor skin health, joint pain, breathing problems, nausea or irritability, but they are pretty rare.

What should you do if you suffer from egg intolerance?

Well, one thing is certain – stay away from eggs or any foods that have eggs in them. It will be hard, because many meals, especially the dietary ones, are made with eggs or the egg whites. Especially if you work out, you will need eggs, but you just need to avoid them.

Avoid these foods that are made with eggs or parts of the eggs:

Egg Cooked Fully Egg Cooked Loosely Eggs Which Are Raw
Cake & Biscuits Meringue Mousses
Frozen Yorkshire puddings which are store bought Scrambled, boiled, fried, poached eggs Some cheeses with egg white lysozyme or other egg protein
Cooked dishes with meat and sausages with egg in them Homemade breaded products using egg to help breadcrumbs stick Some Ice creams, especially fresh and deluxe types
Pastry egg glaze Omelets Some sorbet
Ladyfingers Bread & butter pudding A Cadbury cream egg’s filling
Quorn Lemon curd Mayonnaise
Gravy granules (with egg in them) Batter with egg in it Horseradish sauce
Dried egg pasta & egg pasta boiled for more than 10 minutes Homemade pancakes and Yorkshire pudding – especially those that contain any ‘sticky’ batter inside Raw egg in cake mix and other dishes waiting for cooking (Children of all ages can’t resist tasting them!)
Meringues that are manufactured Quiches & egg custard Royal icing (fresh as well as powdered)
Store bought pancakes and Scotch pancakes Hollandaise sauce Tartar sauce

 

Warning

If you have this bad condition, it is important that you are careful when you buy foods or order something in a restaurant. Before buying products, read the labels twice and see if there are eggs as an ingredient. If you are in a restaurant, ask the waiter if there are eggs in the meal that you want to order. Make sure that the people around you know about your egg intolerance in order to avoid any inconvenience.

What to eat if you are egg intolerant?

You will probably miss out on a lot of important nutrients that the egg can provide, such as vitamins (A, B, D and E,) calcium, phosphorus or iron, but all of it can be replaced. Even though they are really important for a healthy status, you need to stay away from them and focus on healthy foods such as:

  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Beans and legumes
  • Meat, fish-based proteins and milk

If you often cook with eggs, you can replace them with:

  • Avocado
  • Orgran No Egg
  • Mashed Fruits
  • Cornstarch

Being egg intolerant comes with several challenges, but it is important to get used to it and keep it up with substitutes that can provide similar benefits.

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