No Dairy, but what about Eggs?
Over the years I’ve had countless inquiries about eggs. I’m dairy-free, can I eat eggs? Why do you have an egg recipe on a dairy-free website? Some are confused and polite, but some are downright belligerent!
I finally created a post entitled “Are Eggs Dairy?” to direct people to whenever the question arises. You can read that post to better understand the difference, but the fact of the matter is eggs and milk products are very different foods. It is true that egg allergies are more commonly seen in those with milk allergies versus those without any food allergies, but most people with a milk allergy or intolerance can in fact eat eggs. I think this becomes even more important for those who are gluten-free.
Many who are gluten-free have to go dairy-free, too. Lactose intolerance is very common among those who are newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease, and cross-reactivity with milk protein seems to be on the rise for those with gluten intolerance or sensitivity. However, those who assume (without confirming via an allergy or elimination test with their physician) that they must cut out eggs with the milk may be in for more of a struggle than need be.
Have you ever tried making coconut flour baked goods without eggs? What about waffles without dairy, gluten, and eggs? What if you are craving chicken tenders, homemade veggie burgers, or eggplant cutlets? These things can definitely be done, but they are a lot easier if you can use eggs, particularly if you are new to gluten-free cooking and baking.
Personally, I did have an egg intolerance as a child, and even in adulthood they haven’t always made me feel great. However, I have found that I can enjoy eggs periodically, in small amounts, and particularly when baked and when organic.
Why organic? There are many arguments out there for why to always buy organic eggs. I’m not here to regurgitate the facts, but rather to tell you what works for me and many other people.
For years I tried to reintroduce eggs into my diet. They always made me feel very nauseous and left my digestive tract uneasy within 10 minutes of consuming. One day, by chance really, I trialed an organic egg, and I was fine – not a symptom in site. Unable to settle for that simple answer, I’ve tested conventional and organic eggs from various farms and without fail, the conventional eggs cause distress, and the organic eggs sit fine.
I’ve spoken with many others over the years who have found the exact same thing. So if eggs don’t sit well with you, consider trialing organic.
Here are a couple of “baked egg” recipes that I enjoy on occasion:
Grain-Free Coconut Flour Snickerdoodles (pictured below)
Let’s talk eggs! Where do eggs fit in your diet? Do you like them? Avoid them? What are your favorite ways to use them or substitute them?
Alisa Fleming is the founder of the largest dairy-free website, Go Dairy Free, and author of the best-selling special diet book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living.
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