Title: Egg exclusion diet

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Date: May 2001

Category: Special diets

Type: Article

Author: Dr M Draper

 

EGG EXCLUSION DIET

Hen's eggs are a frequent and important consituent in the average diet. Some people are only sensitive to egg white, others to egg yolk and some to battery-fed hens but not free range and so on.

All birds are the same. However, it is the protein found mainly in the yolk which causes the bulk of all 'egg intolerances'. All the different types of birds which lay eggs have the same proteins in their eggs, so it is probable that an egg-intolerant person would have problems with duck eggs, goose eggs etc.

Eggs provide protein, fat, calcium, vitamins A and D and traces of B vitamins as will as iron. Eggs are also the largest source of cholesterol.

Replacements. The nutrients provided by eggs can easily be replaced by fish, meat, or liver. Or, for vegetarians, dairy products, nuts and yeast and yeast extract( assuming no intolerances to these items ).

 

Foods to avoid ( not a complete list )

Suggested

alternatives

 

 

Eggs in any form

Whole egg replacer

Cakes & Pastries made with egg

 

Custards, icing, souffles of ice cream

 

Pasta made with egg

Egg free pasta

Beef and hamburgers

 

Malted drinks

 

Sausages, meat loaf, fish cakes

 

Egg glazes, mayonnaise, soups,sauces

Egg free mayonnaise

Albumen (egg white)

For binders, use grated apple, pectin or methyl cellulose

 

 

Be careful in restaurants if you have to eat out

 

Marzipan

 

Yorkshire pudding & batter mixes

 

Quiches

 

Meringues

For setting,use gelatin or vegetarian gelling agents

 

 

Instant and restaurant-produced mashed potato

 

Egg lecithin-enriched margarines ( but usually from soya sources)

Vegan Margarines