The mighty and much loved EGG
There are reasons why I suggest omitting for 7 days, except for the vegetarians/athletes who may struggle with adequate protein.
Generally speaking, eggs are an excellent source of protein and can improve the nutrient value of many meals. I also believe they are an excellent support for cognition once in postmenopause.
Unfortunately, there is recent research to indicate that many of the eggs being sold are contaminated with toxins such as dioxins. The article is from 2022 and even grassfed eggs in Denmark were contaminated at high levels. Maybe not so much an issue for us, but for the growing child this could have numerous health issues.
While the most common food allergies include peanuts and dairy, eggs are also a common food allergy and food sensitivity.
Egg intolerant people tend to be okay with egg yolks and have an adverse reaction to the albumen in egg whites. While an egg allergy involves a chemical reaction in the body, an egg intolerance means that a person cannot process and absorb the egg whites (or egg yolks), often causing a wide range of symptoms.
These can include digestive issues like bloating, nausea, stomach pain, and stomach cramping, as well as headaches, acne or skin problems, trouble breathing, heartburn, irritability, and nervousness.
Egg white contains 47 different types of proteins – from a nutritional perspective, egg white appears to be a healthful protein source. In the human digestive tract, enzymes called proteases (trypsin and chymotrypsin) normally break down proteins into their smaller parts called amino acids which can be absorbed across the intestines.
However, egg white protein contains high concentrations of compounds that work against the protease enzymes making them less effective in breaking down the egg white proteins.
One egg white protein called lyzozyme is capable of surviving acid in the gut and therefore arrives intact in the lower gastrointestinal tract.
These lyzozymes can cross the intestinal barrier and get into the bloodstream where they can interact with the immune system, and therefore trigger an immune response which may be a health concern in some individuals.
Could you have an egg intolerance? An affordable, accurate, and personal way to understand any food intolerance is to track your symptoms after eating eggs in a food diary, providing as much detail as possible over a day or two, as some symptoms won’t show up immediately.
By keeping a food journal, you can better understand your symptoms and even show your doctor to help determine if you have a food intolerance. For those with a diagnosed or suspicion of egg intolerance: the particles from eggs can leave the liver cells within 90 days providing they are avoided altogether for that time.
TIPS: aqua-faba from chickpeas can be used for binding (like egg whites) – flax egg is also great for binding. Psyllium husk is useful in fish patties and bread mixtures.
Flax eggs are an easy egg substitute made with just 2 ingredients. You can mix it up in just …
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds ((or chia seeds))
- 3 tablespoons water