Egg Intolerance

What is Egg Intolerance?

If you have an intolerance (defined by YorkTest as a food specific IgG reaction) to egg your body reacts to the protein present in either the white, the yolk or both

If you have egg intolerance, it is advisable to avoid eggs altogether and this includes those from duck, quail and goose which have similar proteins to chicken.

Where to look

There are many products which contain egg, either to bind or to thicken. Being aware of these is important when making changes to optimise your diet. The following list of ingredients can contain egg and should be avoided if you have intolerance:

  • Bread and cakes
  • Pancakes and Yorkshire puddings
  • Quiches
  • Desserts
  • Sauces and spreads
  • Mayonnaise
  • Ice cream
  • Meat products

Other Names

As an ingredient, egg is often given other names which can make it difficult to identify on product packaging so it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with these. The following names are also used for egg:

  • Yolk and egg white
  • Albumin
  • Globulin
  • Lecithin (E322)
  • Egg derived lysozyme (E1105)
  • Ovomucoid
  • Ovovitellin
  • Livetin

Replacements for a balanced diet

1 egg equates to about 15% of the daily requirement for protein and so eggs are important, particularly for those following a vegetarian diet. Eggs are a source of Vitamin A, B, D and E also provide calcium, phosphorus and iron. To ensure a balanced and nutritious diet when omitting eggs, include a varied mix of the following foods:

  • Milk, meat and fish based proteins
  • Beans and legumes
  • Nuts and seeds

When looking to directly replace egg in cooking or baking, there are alternatives which mimic the binding or thickening properties of egg such as:

  • ‘Ogran No Egg’
  • Mashed fruits (binding)
  • Cornstarch (thickening)
  • Avocado

If you have found out that you are intolerant to egg, changing your diet need not be daunting. YorkTest Nutritional Therapists are here to help you understand how to optimise your food choices.

Information provided above regarding Food Intolerance (defined by YorkTest as a food specific IgG reaction) is intended to provide nutritional advice for dietary optimisation. YorkTest recommend that you discuss any medical concerns you have with a GP before undertaking a YorkTest programme.