Resource Center: Egg Allergy
Egg allergies affect approximately 1.5% of younger children. It is the most common food allergy to be outgrown over time.
But what if I want to bake?
There are a number of substitutes one can use in place of eggs in recipes. These will work best when baking from scratch, and you are required to substitute between 1 and 3 eggs.
For each egg, substitute one of the following in recipes. (If you need to use two eggs, double the substitute. Triple for three eggs)
- 1 tsp. yeast dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 T. liquid, 1 T. vinegar
- 1 1/2 T. water, 1 1/2 T. oil, 1 Tsp. baking powder
- 1 packet gelatin, 2 T. warm water. Do not mix until ready to use
Some Unexpected Places For Eggs
- Eggs can be used to sometimes create toppings on coffee drinks and in cocktails. Proceed with caution. When in doubt, ask.
- Occasionally, pre-made/packaged brands of egg substitutes will still contain egg whites. This would be dangerous for someone with an egg allergy. Read labels, and when in doubt, contact the manufacturer.
- Some types of pasta are made using egg as an ingredient. You will need to ask about ingredients or very carefully read labels before consuming pasta.
- Pretzels and many other baked goods such as challah are often treated with an egg wash. Make sure to ask!
Commonly Asked Questions
Can an individual with an egg allergy receive the MMR vaccine?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) people with an egg allergy can receive the MMR vaccine safely. The evidence supports the use of the MMR vaccine even in those who have had severe anaphylactic responses to egg.
Is it safe for someone with an egg allergy to receive the flu shot?
Yes, most patients can safely receive a flu shot. Consult with your allergist.
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