I've eaten eggs my entire life, but since becoming Paleo over the past year, I've experienced a tenfold upswing in my egg eating. As a part of my routine, I've been eating 5-6 pasture raised eggs purchased from a local farmer. Until recently, I haven't experienced any issues with this part of my diet.
About a month ago, I experienced increased upset stomach issues, which progressed a couple weeks later to stomach pains and eventually vomiting if I ate eggs. This even continued after switching egg producers, buying them from another farmer at my local farmer's market. This sucks so bad, because it's been such an important part of my diet in making sure that I could get a cheap, high-quality source of fat and protein in the morning.
My wife and I have a two year old who has been diagnosed with a severe egg allergy, so this seems to be a logical conclusion: that it's just taken me 34 years to develop this issue.
So I want to know if anyone here has had experience with eggs in this manner? Is it possible to develop an egg allergy late in life?
I too developed an allergy to egg whites as a result of increased exposure. My solution has been to hard boil them and discard the whites and only eat the yolks. I don't experience any stomach upset this way and I get the feeling that the reduced oxidation and cooking temperatures leaves most of what I want out of the yolk intact.
I used to be able to eat them scrambled with no problem, but I think eating them for a while hard-boiled in large amounts has made that even too much. There may be a period of time of egg white avoidance that allows us to return to them, but give yolks alone a try.
Edit: I wonder if the increased surface area of our guts as a result of gluten avoidance has made us more susceptible to the offending proteins or if our immune system has come off high alert for the same reason and is less likely/able to mount a proper defense against the proteins. It may also be an example of hormesis where the constant stress of gluten intake actually made us better able to handle the other stressors that come with whole egg ingestion. Perhaps this gets out of whack in those who don't avoid gluten and becomes a problem. Finally, it may be that our pastured eggs have more of these offending proteins due to the fact that these chickens are in better health.
DUCK eggs are generally safe for anyone who doesnt have a severe (anaphylactic) reaction to eggs. They're harder to find, but if you already get your eggs from a farm, rather than a supermarket it shouldn't be much harder. I developed an egg allergy as a result of overconsumption a few years ago. I don't believe you can "create" an allergy, but rather make a sensitivity worse by eating copious amounts of one food. I had the same issue with peanuts and avocados. Anything more than a small serving every once in a while and I get respiratory symptoms. Small amounts are fine (eggs in paleo pancakes etc) but I still can't eat the chicken eggs on their own.
Before I went gluten free (also pre-paleo and pre-tummy troubles from antibiotic use) I could eat eggs all I wanted to. After going gluten free I found out pretty fast that some pretty severe symptoms I was experiencing were from eggs. Now after quite a bit of time as full paleo, I tried reintroducing (farmers market eggs) and even just a couple of eggs is enough to renew the exact symptoms I had before. Sad!!
Update: Found out that it matters, with more effort than I was already putting in (buying only freerange etc), that what the chicken are eating matters big time. Now I can eat 2 dozen eggs a week with no issues at all because I buy eggs from free range chickens that are not supplement with soy feed. I already knew I was super allergic to soy, but I didn't think that would effect the contents of eggs, but it really does.
I use to eat a lot of eggs when I first started a paleo type diet, and I blamed my fatigue and mood swings on the diet itself, but closely after removing eggs from my diet, as an experiment, my fatigue and mood swings disappeared.
I agree with Ashley. Constant eating of anything can lead to an allergy or sensitivity at any age. I understand it is usually the white that one is allergic to. I switched to duck eggs and am fine with them. Look on line if you are not near a farmer....more expensive because of the shipping, but the duck eggs are twice as large or more, than chicken eggs.
I have a curious history with eggs, myself. From childhood I had a sensitivity to them and my mother didn't use them much in cooking except as incidental on the rare occasions she baked anything. My symptoms after eating a hard boiled egg here and there were mild to moderate nausea for a day or two, with headaches.
I outgrew the sensitivity eventually and by my mid-twenties I could eat them on a semi-regular basis without a problem, though one time on a hiking trip I wolfed five or six eggs at a sitting and got a milder version of the childhood tummy ache.
Then around age 30 I got my one (and only) flu shot and was sick as the proverbial dog for about four months. I had an immediate reaction to the shot and was kept for observation and to make sure I got fluids, etc. I also couldn't go near an egg again after this incident without the old and familiar nausea, cramping and general unease. (I'm told that the flu shot is, or was, cultured in a base of egg white, and now they ask on the pre-shot questionnaire whether or not you are currently or ever have been sensitive to eggs.)
That took about five years to ease off and I've been eating eggs regularly ever since with no problems.
I used to eat egg whites and they would give me horrible smelling farts (but nothing noticable beyond that).
Then I occasionally would buy eggs and eat 4 or 6 at a time but never really ate them regularly. Then one night I had 6 and the following morning I had 6 and it flushed my system out, never had anything like that before. Then I didn't have them for a while. More recently I started having 4 for breakfast every day and (I've ruled most everything else out as main suspects) caused constipation. Almost seems like I created a problem with them when I had that dozen within ~14 hours.
I love eggs and I eat them like almost everyday. A few years ago, I developed skin rashes because of eggs so what I did was limit my daily intake to weekly and sometimes none in a week. rashes gone and I basically forgot that i was allergic to eggs. just recently I got addicted again on eating eggs and voila! hello to skin rashes again. :(
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