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Egg Allergen Card

Egg Allergen Card

If you are allergic to egg you might think it is a straight forward ingredient to avoid.  Unfortunately egg can have many other names and if you are not familiar with them you could end up introuble.

The Egg Ellergen Card shows the different names that egg can be shown as on ingredients lists as well as some prominent foods that you will need to avoid or double check the ingredients:

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Top Substitutions for Eggs in Your Cooking

Top Substitutions for Eggs in Your Cooking

Replacing eggs in cooking can be tricky, they provide flavour and binding; here are our top substitutions for eggs in your cooking:

 

1 Egg Equals Use Notes
1/2 Banana, mashed Pancakes, Cakes, Breads Very ripe bananas will add sweetness
1/4 cup Applesauce or 1/4 cup ripe mashed pears Breads, Cakes, Brownies Avoid using more than 1/4 cup total in any recipe
1/4 cup natural or Greek Yoghurt Brownies, Smoothies Can cause final product to be heavier
2.5 Tablespoons ground Flax mixed with 3 tablespoons water, set in fridge for 10 minutes Granola Bars, Smoothies Adds earthy, nutty taste and chewy texture
1 tablespoon coconut oil mixed with 2 teaspoons baking powder and 2 teaspoons water Gluten Free Baking Adds fat to the recipe, can be tricky to work with
1 tablespoon chia seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons water, set in fridge for 10 minutes Smoothies, Baked Goods Binds and thickens
1/4 cup pureed prunes (or any high pectin fruit) Breads, Cakes, Brownies Adds sweetness to recipe
1/4 cup pumpkin, mashed (canned works week, choose BPA free cans) Breads, Brownies Can be heavy
1/4 cup potato, cooked and mashed 9sweet potato might be yum!) Savoury dishes Can be heavy
1 tablespoon agar mixed with 1 tablespoon water, whipped and chilled Gluten Free Baking Used to replace egg whites only
1 tablespoon gelatine dissolved in 1 tablespoon cold water, add 2 tablespoons boiling water, beat vigorously until frothy Gluten Free Baking Binds and thickens

 

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5 Tips for living with an Egg Allergy

5 Tips for living with an Egg Allergy

You would think that the simplest approach to treating egg allergy is you just don’t eat eggs.5 tips for living with an egg allergy

But, so many foods are made with eggs and egg products that it can be really hard to know what’s OK and not OK to eat.

Tips for Living With an Egg Allergy 

1. It’s a good idea to work with a registered dietician to develop an eating plan that provides all the nutrients you need while avoiding things you can’t eat.

2. If you have a severe egg allergy — or any kind of serious allergy — your doctor may want you to carry a shot of epinephrine (pronounced: eh-puh-neh-frin) with you in case of an emergency. Epinephrine comes in an easy-to-carry container about the size of a large marker. It’s easy to use — your doctor will show you how.

3. If you accidentally eat something with egg in it and start having serious allergic symptoms, like swelling inside your mouth, chest pain, or difficulty breathing, you can give yourself the shot right away to counteract the reaction while you’re waiting for medical help. Always call for emergency help (011) when using epinephrine. You should make sure your school and even good friends’ houses have injectable epinephrine on hand, too.

4. Keeping epinephrine on hand at all times should be just part of your action plan for living with an egg allergy. It’s also a good idea to carry an over-the-counter antihistamine as this can help alleviate allergy symptoms in some people. Antihistamines should be used in addition to the epinephrine and not as a replacement for the shot.

5. If you’ve had to take an epinephrine shot because of an allergic reaction, then you should go immediately to a medical facility or hospital emergency room so they can give you additional treatment if you need it. Up to one third of anaphylactic reactions can have a second wave of symptoms several hours following the initial attack. Therefore, you might need to be observed in a clinic or hospital for 4 to 8 hours following the reaction.

Reference: Kids Health.org

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