Egg allergy or egg intolerance is a common and widespread allergen as it affect almost 1.5 per cent children. Although, as many children grow up the allergy disappears, there are also lots of children who carry this allergy into their adulthood. This is why many adults have egg sensitivity, only with some less severe symptoms. Even if you cannot tolerate just the egg white or its yolk, still it is advised that you should avoid eggs completely, as both the egg white and yolk cannot be separated totally.
What do you mean by egg intolerance?
Egg intolerance happens when you cannot digest eggs properly or when your body shows a negative reaction to some egg parts. In such cases the person, who cannot digest eggs properly, lacks a certain enzyme that can process the egg or has a gastrointestinal reaction to eggs. Such people can consume a small quantity of egg. Moreover, people who have egg intolerance can get a flu vaccination as well, without any harmful risks.
Are egg intolerance and egg allergy similar?
Many people confuse food allergies and food intolerance. Egg allergy leads to an immune response, where the body produces immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies because of the egg protein. Moreover, a person who is allergic to eggs most likely had a previous exposure to eggs that caused such a reaction. This exposure might have happened through a vaccination or diet.
During the time when IgE is produced by the human body, the body binds itself to the protein of the egg. When it binds itself, the IgE cross-links itself to the cell and thus releases several defensive chemicals, like histamine and cytokines (6). At this point, the body faces a reaction, like vomiting, diarrhea, wheezing, swelling of your throat or mouth, etc. Therefore, a food allergy is serious than a food intolerance, although some of their symptoms overlap.
Egg intolerance symptoms
Many people who have intolerance to eggs cannot consume the white part or albumen. Although, it is quite more common as well as possible that such people also have egg yolk or foetus intolerance. The intolerance of egg white usually indicates that the person cannot absorb the egg whites properly. This intolerance has symptoms like excessive gas,stomach pain or cramping, vomiting, bloating,and other gastrointestinal problems. In addition, there are other symptoms too, such as headache,breathing difficulty, skin issues,heartburn,joint pain, irritability,uncomfortable feelings,nervousness, nausea, etc.
How to handle such intolerance?
The first and foremost way of avoiding your egg intolerance experience is to stay away fromeggs altogether as well as any food with egg content. However, you may have a hard time in switching to this change, since most of the foods are made using egg whites and eggs. This even includes food that you would not have expected to have eggs or its parts in them. Some of the foods that contain eggs or egg components in them are:
|Egg cooked completely||Egg cooked lightly||Eggs that are raw|
|Biscuits and cakes||Meringue||Mousses|
|Store bought Yorkshire puddings||Boiled, fried, scrambled, or poached eggs||A few cheeses that contain lysozyme egg white or other types of egg protein|
|Dishes with sausages or meat that contain egg as an ingredient||Homemade breaded items with egg to make the breadcrumbs stick||A few ice creams, particularly deluxe and fresh kinds|
|Pastry egg glaze||Omelets||Sorbet|
|Lady fingers||Butter and bread pudding||An egg filling of Cadbury cream|
|Gravy granules that have eggs||Egg batter||Horseradish sauce|
|Egg pasta that has been boiled for over 10 minutes or dried egg pasta||Homemade Yorkshire pudding and pancakes, particularly those that have a sticky batter inside||Cake mix with raw eggs and other such dishes waiting for cooking|
|Manufactured meringues||Egg custard and quiches||Royal icing (both powdered and fresh)|
|Scotch pancakes and pancakes brought from stores||Hollandaise sauce||Tartar sauce|
Please Note: You must read the food labels precisely. And, when you visit cafes and restaurants, ask beforehand only if they prepare their food using eggs or egg parts. Inform them that you are intolerant to eggs and you do not eat them at all..
What you can consume
Eggs contain various vitamins, including vitamin B, A, E, and D, in addition to iron, phosphorous and calcium. One egg contains protein of roughly about 1 per cent that you need daily, which makes them an important part of the diet, especially for vegetarians. If you have egg intolerance and you avoid eating it, then you surely must include these foods:
- Legumes and beans
- Seeds and nuts
- Fish proteins, milk, and meat
When you do not use eggs in cooking or baking, then you can opt for these alternatives, which mimic the thickening and binding qualities of eggs.
- Cornstarch (thickening)
- Mashed Fruits
- Ogran No Egg