Eggs

a cracked eggThe main causes of egg allergy are three proteins in the white of eggs: ovomucoid, ovalbumin and conalbumin.Cooking can destroy some of these allergens, but not all, which means that some people might react to raw eggs but not cooked eggs. Occasionally someone might react to egg because they have an allergy to chicken, quail or turkey meat, or to bird feathers. This is called bird-egg syndrome.

Avoid

Food ingredients to avoid

  • Egg in any form (including whole egg, dried egg, powdered egg, egg solids, egg yolk, egg white, egg white solids and egg substitute) Albumin Apovitellin.
  • Fat substitutes: Globulin, Livetin, Lysozyme, Ovalbumin, Ovoglobulin, (and any other ingredients that begin with the prefix ‘ovo’, including ovovitella, ovovitellin, ovomucin, ovomucoid, and ovotransferrin Silici albuminate Simplesse (a fat replacer) Vitellin.

Foods to avoid

  • Baked Goods: Bread and rolls, pancakes, cakes, cookies, cream-filled pies, meringue, French toast, waffles, doughnuts, muffins, crackers, pretzels, baking mixes, desert powders: the shiny yellow glaze effect on many baked goods such as bagels is achieved by using eggs or egg product
  • Beverages: Eggnog, beer, root beer, orange Julius, ovaltine, wine, coffee, latte
  • Breaded and battered fried foods: Breaded meats (such as chicken nuggets), meatballs, meatloaf, sausage
  • Commercial egg substitutes: Many of which are made with egg whites
  • Deserts: Chocolate candies filled with cream fillings, marshmallow candy, fudge, icing, custard, pudding, ice-cream, sherbert, gelatine deserts, meringue, meringue powder
  • Pasta: Egg noodles, vermicelli, macaroni, spaghetti
  • Salad dressings and sauces: BĂ©arnaise sauce, hollandaise sauce, Newburg sauce, Caesar dressing, mayonnaise, cream sauces, tarter sauce
  • Soups: Clear soups and broth, noodle soups, consommĂ©, Chinese egg drop soup

Eat instead

Sometimes it is easy to assume that because you have a food allergy there are more foods that you can’t eat than foods that you can eat. However, there are alternative foods that will give you all the nutrients that you need. If you are concerned about your diet, you should talk to a dietician who will be able to advise you about eating a healthy diet while avoiding the foods that you are allergic to.

It is important not to cut any food group out of your diet without medical advice. In accordance with the food pyramid/eatwell plate, people are advised to plan their everyday food choices around 2 portions from the meat, fish and alternatives block.

Eggs contain Vitamins A, D, E, a range of water soluble vitamins along with minerals such as calcium, iodine, zinc, selenium and phosphorus. Alternative foods which people can eat containing these include;
  • Fortified margarine
  • Cheese
  • Butter
  • Liver
  • Fatty fish
  • Dark green vegetables
  • Fortified breakfast cereals
An extensive range of egg free pastas and also egg substitute products can now be found in all major supermarkets and are also available on the internet.