Time for our next food allergy "what to avoid" installment! I really enjoy putting these together actually! I hope they are helpful to some of you! This week, we're talking egg allergies. Probably should have done this one last week (I'm assuming these was a lot of egg consumption over the weekend!). I'll just hope everyone stayed safe! That's the thing when you cook vegan. You don't have to worry about all these allergens as much!
Egg allergies are the second most common (after dairy) with young children. It's also one that can be "grown out of" as well. It can also be mild with skin reactions or stomach upset, to severe with respiratory problems and the need for an Epi-Pen due to anaphylaxis. It can easily be managed by becoming aware of the allergy, seeing an allergist, removing all eggs and potential cross-contamination from the diet by avoiding these things!
Grab this word search activity to help teach your kids which egg terms to look for on packages!
I found this interesting, "Experts estimate that as many as 2 percent of children are allergic to eggs. Fortunately, studies show that about 70 percent of children with an egg allergy will outgrow the condition by age 16." (ACAAI). But that still isn't always the case. It can develop later in life or be life long. Regardless, being egg-free is manageable (I'm egg free and so are vegans!). However, when you have an allergy, you need to take much more precautions. If you order a cappuccino, you may make yourself sick. Eggs are sometimes used to create the foam on the top! (I did not know that!)
Also note that some may only be allergic to the yolk and not the white, or allergic to the white and not the yolk. They may also be allergic to just chicken eggs, but the allergy can also include eggs from other animals such as duck.
And have no fear, I've already have your comprehensive egg substitute guide on the blog. You'll be making pancakes and your favorite baked goods in no time (and they'll taste even better than before!). Yes, even scrambles and omelets, maybe some tahini mayo too 😉
There are some great products out there too for ease and convenience that can be trusted with an egg allergy too! But the easiest thing to to simply read your labels (ALWAYS) and use simple substitutions when cooking or baking at home.
Hampton Creek - Just Mayo
Silk - Seasonal Eggnogs
So Delicious - Seasonal Eggnogs
Enjoy Life Foods - Baked Goodies (free of the top 8)
Food For Life - Egg-Free (Vegan/Gluten-Free) Breads
So tell me:
+ Do you have (or know someone) with an egg allergy?
+ Are you (or were you) and eggnog person?
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