Egg Allergy: Adapting to a Life without Eggs

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Can you imagine a life without eggs? Could you imagine the products you wouldn’t be able to eat?

Well, for many people they don’t have to imagine this. They are busy living a life without eggs, not because they don’t necessarily like eggs or their taste, but because their body’s immune system goes on attack each time they ingest a bite of one. To put it in simple terms, they are allergic to eggs.

People with egg allergy and those who live with them have to learn to adapt. They also have to watch what kinds of foods are in the home, especially when the person with the egg allergy is a child.

The first thing a person should learn to do is how to read food labels. All ingredients are listed in this label. If you see the word egg, you know to steer clear of this product.

Eggs can be found in many products such as:  breads, cakes, egg substitutes, cake icings, some coatings for meats, white chocolate, pretzels, ice creams, sherbets, noodles, spaghetti, macaroni, tarter sauce, marshmallow candy, salad dressings, and mayonnaise and in some glazes that are used on cakes. Egg whites can be found in the froth of many coffees, in root beer, and in some soups and broths.

Yet, there are alternatives that you can use in your recipes instead of eggs. You can go to your local supermarket or health food store and ask about products such as Egg Free Egg Replacer. You can even make your own egg substitutes.

The following can be used for egg substitutes:

Mix 2 tablespoon of flour + 1/2 tablespoon of shortening + 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder + 2 tablespoons of water or

1/2 to 1 teaspoon of baking powder or

1 teaspoon of yeast + 1/4 cup of warm water.

You can try each substitute with your recipes to see which one you like the best.

Are egg allergies serious? Yes. As with any food allergy, each time a person ingests an egg or an egg product his/her body will react more severely. What happens is that the immune system of the allergic person thinks that the egg will harm the body. Therefore, each time this person ingests an egg or an egg product the immune system will go on attack. During this attack mode, the immune system will produce antibodies to help protect the body. These antibodies will then in turn, cause the symptoms of the allergy to appear. Each time the allergen is introduced to the immune system, it will attack. With each attack, the immune system will try to attack harder; therefore the symptoms will get worse over time.

Usually an egg allergy will show up at infancy or as soon as a child is introduced to an egg. Many times the child will actually refuse to eat the egg in the beginning. Sometimes children born with an egg allergy will outgrow it by the age five to seven. Other times the allergy will continue throughout life.

Still, a person can live a life full of good foods, even if their allergy to eggs continues. They just need to learn to make a few adjustments, know how to read food labels and be extra careful when eating out.

- Linda McCloud

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