Are Egg Substitutes Safe if You Have an Egg Allergy?

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Are Egg Substitutes Safe if You Have an Egg Allergy?

Low-cholesterol liquid egg substitutes sold in grocery store dairy coolers are made from eggs. The following commercial products all contain eggs and are not safe for people with egg allergies:

  • Egg Beaters
  • Bay Valley Foods Second Nature Egg Substitute
  • Generic liquid egg substitutes sold in cartons or powdered egg white products

Egg Replacer Products Are Safe Alternatives

However, there are special egg replacer products that do not contain eggs.

They are often marketed as vegan egg substitutes and are usually sold in a powdered form. They are useful for baking, but cannot be used to substitute for eggs in foods like quiche.

Commercial Egg Replacers That Are Egg-Free

  • Bob's Red Mill Egg Replacer
  • Ener-G Egg Replacer
  • PaneRiso Foods Egg Replacer

Always check the ingredients on the package label before buying a product sold as an egg substitute or replacer to make sure that the product is completely egg-free. Many of these products contain soy, dairy, or other big eight food allergens.

Egg-Free Recipes

Not all recipes require eggs or egg replacements to taste good. Here are recipes that are delicious alternatives to egg-rich foods.

Egg Allergy Symptoms

Food Allergies Expert Jill Castle, says, "Egg allergy is one of the most common food allergies in children, coming in second to milk allergy."

Symptoms, she says, may include:

  • Skin reactions such as rash, hives or eczema.
  • Allergic conjunctivitis (itchy, red, watery eyes).
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • Airway symptoms including wheezing, coughing, or a runny nose.
  • Swelling, also known as angioedema, of the lips, tongue, or face.
  • Severe reactions, called anaphylaxis, may occur, causing multiple organ systems to be involved. Anaphylaxis is an emergency and requires immediate medical treatment.

To prevent an allergic reaction to egg, all individuals with egg allergy should avoid all eggs and products made with eggs.

Hidden Eggs

In addition to avoiding the obvious - omelettes, quiches, custards, etc. - those allergic to eggs, must be informed about hidden eggs in other food products like bread, pastries, crackers, cereals, noodles and others. Here is another case where close scrutiny of package labeling is imperative.

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