Eggs aren't just delicious. They're also extremely nutritious, an excellent source of protein and provide essential nutrients. Find out why you should include eggs as part of your diet and learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle from our nutrition experts.
An egg allergy is rare in adults and most often seen in children from 2 to 7 years of age. Studies show that most children tend to outgrow an egg allergy within a few years(1). However, if the egg allergy is severe, it could last a lifetime. It is recommended to consult an allergist before reintroducing egg products. An egg allergy is caused by a protein in eggs, which triggers an abnormal reaction of the immune system. Eggs have two allergenic components: the yolk and the white. An allergic reaction can vary from mild to life-threatening, depending on the person. For some people with a mild allergy, raw eggs may cause a reaction but a small amount of cooked eggs can safely be eaten.
New scientific evidence suggests that introducing whole eggs as soon as 6 months might help prevent an egg allergy(2).
(1) - http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/pubs/securit/2016-allergen_egg-oeuf/index-eng.php
(2) - Ierodiakonou D. et al. Timing of Allergenic Food Introduction to the Infant Diet and Risk of Allergic or Autoimmune Disease A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2016;316(11):1181-1192. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.12623