When you have an allergy to eggs, it can sometimes be tricky to figure out which foods you need to avoid. You may find them hiding in the ingredients in a lot of products.
Packaged foods need to show on the label if they contain milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, or soybeans. But also check the ingredient list carefully, and stay away if you see these "egg" words:
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Bagels, pretzels, and other baked goods get their shiny appearance from egg white.
Watch out for egg in foods like breakfast cereals, ice cream, and even egg substitutes.
How to Choose Safe Foods
Stick with packaged and labeled foods. Items from salad bars, deli counters, and bakeries are more likely to accidentally have some of your allergy trigger in them.
Always read food labels. Don't skip this step even if it's something you buy all the time. Food makers may change the ingredients. Something that's been safe for you and your family for a while may not always be OK.
Be cautious with an ingredient you're not familiar with. Look it up first. Contact the manufacturer if you need more info.
Watch out for new versions of your favorite food. Low-fat or reduced-calorie items may have different ingredients from the original. Larger or smaller packages can also sometimes affect the ingredient list. And some products may have different ingredients in different parts of the country. Always read the labels carefully so you know what you're getting.
Speak up when you eat out. At restaurants, let the servers, managers, cooks, or chef know that you're allergic to eggs. Don't be afraid to ask how they prepare a meal. Sometimes it can be hard to tell everything that's in a dish based on how it's listed on the menu.