What Is Egg Intolerance

What Is Egg Intolerance?

Egg intolerance is a condition where the body does not produce enough of certain hormones needed to break down and absorb dietary proteins. These include: Leucine, Isoleucine, Valine, Methionine and Cystine. Without these amino acids, your body cannot make energy from protein or other nutrients found in food. If left untreated, it can lead to severe health problems such as muscle cramps and even death.

The symptoms of egg intolerance are usually mild and go away after eating certain types of foods. However, if left untreated, they can become severe and last for weeks or months.

There is no cure for egg intolerance but there are several treatments available to help manage the symptoms. Most commonly these involve diet changes, supplements or medications.

Symptoms Of Egg Intolerance Symptoms of egg intolerance may include: Muscle cramping (sometimes accompanied by nausea)

Nausea and vomiting


Anxiety/depression Symptoms of egg intolerance may include: Eggs cause gas because they contain high amounts of carbohydrates. Foods containing a lot of fat or cholesterol will cause less gas than those with fewer calories.

Foods That Are Good For People With Egg Intolerance

Most fruits and vegetables that you can buy are rich in nutrients and low in fat.

Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, which is used to build connective tissue in the body. Carrots, sweet potatoes, and squash are rich in beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A important for eye health.

Melons are a good source of water and carbohydrates.

Choose whole grains such as brown rice and oats as your main source of carbohydrates. These are low in fat and rich in fiber, which helps keep your digestive system healthy.

Lean meats, like chicken and turkey, are good sources of protein. Fish such as cod, halibut, and tuna are also good choices because they contain omega-3 fatty acids, which may help prevent heart disease.

Foods To Avoid With Egg Intolerance

Sugary foods, including candy, soda, and desserts, can worsen your symptoms. These are digested quickly by the body and cause a “sugar spike,” which leads to an insulin spike.

This may cause low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia), which can make you feel worse than before you ate the sugary food.

Fatty foods, such as fast food, fried chicken, and meat drippings, should be avoided because they take longer to digest. The undigested fat can sit in your stomach for extended periods of time and cause discomfort.

Foods That You Should Limit With Egg Intolerance

Alcohol: Alcohol can make your symptoms worse. It is also a diuretic, so it causes you to lose water.

Fruits: Although they are healthy, many fruits have fructose (a type of sugar) and other simple sugars. You may want to eat these in moderation.

Carbohydrates: Although not unhealthy, many people with egg intolerance can’t handle eating large amounts of breads, pastas, or other carbohydrates. Try to avoid very large portions of these foods.

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Egg Allergies vs. Egg Intolerance

An allergy occurs when your immune system overreacts to a particular food. In an egg allergy, your immune system identifies a protein in eggs as harmful or dangerous and produces antibodies to attack it.

Allergies cause immune system responses like hives and anaphylactic shock.

A food intolerance to a particular food may or may not be related to the digestive system. Some people have an intolerance to foods that contain the sugars fructose or lactose, for example.

Many people believe they are lactose intolerant when they are actually just allergic to milk proteins.

The only way to know if you are truly allergic or intolerant is through blood testing.

If you have a known egg allergy, always inform your doctor before taking any medication because some over-the-counter and prescription drugs contain eggs.

Egg Allergy vs.

Egg Intolerance: How Are They Different?

Here are some key differences between egg allergies and egg intolerance:

Egg Allergy: An allergy is caused by an immune system response. The body’s defense system reacts to a perceived invader (such as a food) by producing immunoglobulin E (IgE), which produces immediate hypersensitive reaction (such as hives or anaphylactic shock).

Egg Intolerance: A food intolerance doesn’t involve the immune system, but is rather caused by difficulty in digesting a particular food. Lactose intolerance is one common example of a food intolerance.

Treating an Intolerance vs. Treating an Allergy

If you have an egg intolerance, then your treatment plan would be very different from someone who has an egg allergy. The main treatment for egg allergies is epinephrine (i.e.

an Epi-pen) and avoidance of all food products that contain eggs.

For someone with an egg intolerance, eating small portions of eggs combined with smaller portions of other foods should prevent you from getting nauseous.

If you can consume small amounts of eggs without getting sick, then you most likely have an intolerance rather than an allergy.

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