You may have egg allergy and not know it.

Egg allergy is actually quite common, not only in children but also in adults. Symptoms can be as simple and easily treatable as hives or they can be life-threatening, such as anaphylaxis. Because it can be dangerous, people allergic to eggs should have epinephrine auto-injector in case of accidental ingestion.

But the best way to avoid the allergic reaction is to simply stay away from eggs. Unfortunately, some foods disguise their egg ingredients with other confusing names. If you have egg allergy, you should know what to avoid. Here are ways to detect hidden egg ingredients:

1. Read the label.

Anything that has the word “egg” should be avoided. Therefore, it is important that all product labels should be read carefully, especially before purchasing or consuming the item. Some existing products may change their ingredients, such as in the case of “new and improved” items, so always check the ingredient statements at all times.

2. Understand the advisory labels.

Aside from the ingredients list, there are also labels, such as “May Contain” and the like. Such statements can be used by food companies freely because there are no guidelines set by the FDA. However, the products today now use clear statements, especially if major allergens are present in the food item.

Egg allergy is more common than you think.
Egg allergy is more common than you think.

3. Know about the other terms for eggs.

Some foods use other terms, but they still mean “eggs.” These names are:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Albumin or albumen
  • Eggnog
  • Lysozyme
  • Ovalbumin
  • Meringue and meringue powder
  • Ovoglobulin
  • Ovumucin
  • Globulin
  • Ovovitelia and ovovitellin
  • Vitellin
  • Simplesse

Some eggs are also defined as yolk, white, dried, solids, or powdered. Avoid products that have any of these terms, so as not to trigger any allergic reaction.

4. Know about the foods that may have traces of eggs.

Egg whites are quite versatile, which is why they are found as ingredients in many foods. These include baked goods, macaroni and other pasta, marshmallows, nougat, marzipan, and lecithin. Some salad dressings, such as those used in Caesar salads are generally made with egg. Some salads also use mayonnaise, so be careful of those as well. Some surprising food and drinks that have eggs are:

  • Coffee, such as cappuccino, which uses egg whites to achieve that foamy topping
  • Surimi, which is a crab meat substitute and is often used in sushi
  • Protein shakes that use egg white powder and even whole eggs
  • Desserts with shiny appearance that actually are attributed to an egg wash

If you have egg allergy, you are also advised to stay away from eggs of other animals, such as goose, duck, quail, and turkey. These eggs may also cause the same allergic reactions as with a chicken egg

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