Egg Allergy

Eating Edible knows the importance of understanding an egg allergy, identifying egg-free food, and developing an egg-free diet. We have delicious egg-free care packages for kids with food allergiesespecially created for students and campers.  Our egg-free care packages are perfect for kids with food allergies whether they are college students or at summer camp.  Students and campers with food allergies find it difficult to find allergy friendly foods to snack on. We offer delicious egg-free food — egg-free desserts, egg-free snacks, and egg-free cookies — that are wheat, gluten and dairy-free too.

We offer egg free care packages for kids with food allergies because being allergic to eggs is a big deal. For some people, eating eggs can prove fatal.

First, if you think you have an egg allergy, see a doctor. She may want you to carry a shot of epinephrine with you in case of emergency. Epinephrine comes in an easy-to-carry and easy-to-use container. It is also referred to as an EpiPen.  It is a shot that your doctor will show you how to administer, and instruct you on follow-up procedures. This is a life-saving  action in case a person accidentally ingests eggs or egg product.

The best protection against any food allergy reaction is information. Eggs and egg products are in so many foods; for eample, egg yolks are sometimes used to glaze pretzles, bagels and other baked goods. They may also be used as a foaming agent in beer and coffee drinks. Many dressings and sauces use egg as a base, (e.g. Caesar, mayonnaise, tartar, hollandaise and Newburg). Some make-up, shampoos and medicines contain egg protein.

When getting inoculations, it is important to check with your doctor. Some vaccines are contaminated by egg.

The viruses for the flu vaccine are contaminated by chicken eggs. People with  an egg allergy, should check with their doctor to determine whether it’s a good idea to get the flu vaccine. In most cases, it will probably be okay to get the injection — but not the nasal mist — if the physician considers the egg allergy to be mild. Important to note, people with an egg allergy should get their flu shots in a doctor’s office, not at a supermarket, drugstore, or other venue.

All ingredients in our egg-free care packages for kids with food allergies are clearly labeled, as they are on all our care packages. Egg-free care packages for college and summer camp are important for our kids with food allergies. They should not feel excluded from the wonderful feeling a care package can bring.

Egg Substitutes for Baked Goods
For many with egg allergies the problem is not breakfast, but how to bake any of the many foods we love to eat. Making egg-free cakes and egg-free cookies can be a challenge.

In a typical recipe for baked goods, eggs generally play one of two roles: binder (to hold the recipe together) or leavening agent (to help it rise). Sometimes eggs play both roles at once.

There are some very good egg replacement products on the market that can be used in egg free food. One is made by Orgran No Egg Natural Egg Replacer  and another is Ener-G Egg Replacer.

If you choose a commercial products, be sure that it is an egg replacement, not an egg substitute. Egg substitutes are designed for cholesterol-conscious people, and contain egg. They are unsafe for individuals with egg allergies.

Commercial egg replacement products generally will work for either binding or leavening purposes.

A great resource for allergy-friendly recipes is Kids with Food Allergies.

Remember, as with all products, be sure to read the ingredient statement to ensure that the product is indeed safe for your special dietary need.

Ingredients The following ingredients found on a label indicate the presence of egg protein, and are not good for people with an egg allergy.  All labels should be read carefully before consuming a product, even if it has been used safely in the past.  This is not a comprehensive list and should not be considered to be one. It is simply an introductory guide.

Contain egg:
Cholesterol free egg substitute (e.g. Eggbeaters®)
Dried egg solids, dried egg
Egg, egg white, egg yolk
Egg wash
Fat substitutes
Meringue, meringue powder
Powdered eggs
Silici albuminate
Whole egg

May contain egg:
Artificial flavoring
Natural flavoring

Eating Edible’s egg-free care packages kids with food allergies, created especially for college students and campers, contain none of the ingredients above that contain eggs.