By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC, and Maria Cummings
The incredible edible egg may not be all it’s cracked up to be for some folks. Which is why if you think you make may have an egg intolerance you need to know the symptoms, signs, substitutes, and options!
For the few who are egg intolerant, the underlying issue could be different depending on the individual. For example, if you are allergic to soy and are eating eggs from chickens that are soy fed, that could be the problem. Another person may only be intolerant to only the egg-white while; a few may be unable to tolerate the egg yolk (which is more uncommon). Others may have a zinc deficiency or are sensitive to sulfur making eggs intolerable for them to digest.
Being allergic to eggs is different from having an egg intolerance/sensitivity. When a person is allergic to eggs, they will have an immediate reaction. Check out the various symptoms between allergic reactions and intolerances:
Difficulty Breathing or Wheezing
Itching and Hives
When someone has an egg intolerance, there are symptoms as well, but they are usually a delayed reaction which is why it is harder to detect
As you can see, there are two significant differences between an egg allergy and an egg sensitivity / egg intolerance. Allergies are usually immediate and can be life- threatening. Whereas, intolerance is often delayed and is not life-threatening although if a trigger food is eaten regularly, it can cause health problems down the line.
Since eggs are practically in e-v-e-r-y-thing and under hidden names like Albumin, Lecithin (E322), ovomucoid, Livetin, Ovovitellin, Egg derived lysozyme (E1105) and Globulin you really have to read food ingredients. Many foods such as ice-cream, pudding, most baked goods, mayonnaise, and sauces contain eggs too. So what is a person to do? Try a substitute!
Here are 4 Great Alternatives to Eggs
1. Powdered Egg Replacement- 1 egg = Half tablespoon powdered egg replacer plus 2 tablespoons water
2. Chia or Flaxseeds- 1 egg = 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds (after grinding) and 3 tablespoons water
3. Apple Sauce- 1 egg = 1/4 cup applesauce
4. Baking Soda and Vinegar- 1 egg = 1 teaspoon of baking soda mixed with 1 tablespoon white vinegar and 1 tablespoon water
5. Banana or Pureed Fruit- 1 egg = 1/4 cup mashed banana or other pureed fruit
Option 1– You can eliminate eggs for about 2-4 weeks to see if you are indeed intolerant to eggs and if symptoms disappear you may want to avoid them altogether.
Option 2– Take our IgG / IgE Food Allergy Test, it tests for up to 184 delayed food reactions and 25 immediate food reactions including the incredible egg! Know for sure what foods YOU should be eating and which ones YOU need to avoid! This one is the most egg-celent option!;)
To check for food intolerances, click here!
Medical disclaimer: Our Food Allergy Test Kit (IgG & IgE) and all tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.