All about the allergen chicken egg
1 more of the 14 legal food allergens in Europe: the chicken egg.
Just like the peanut is the advice: give your baby egg before the age of 8 months to prevent an allergy!
Eggs are widely used in the Netherlands and the rest of the world.
In particular, chicken egg is a product that many babies and children can be allergic to at a young age.
What is a chicken egg?
A chicken egg is a food that is commonly eaten by humans (and other animals).
Waar komt het kippenei vandaan?
Chickens and eggs are kept all over the world. The eggs sold here come almost exclusively from the Netherlands and we also export a lot of eggs abroad. Eggs always have a stamp with numbers and letters. This code is required by law and must therefore be on every egg. This also contains the country code, so you can see where your egg comes from (NL=the Netherlands).
Nutritional value of an egg
Eggs are in the Wheel of Five of the Nutrition Center.
They contain many good nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and proteins (12%). Eating 2-3 eggs per week therefore also fits in a varied diet.
One of the top allergens
The egg is one of the top allergens in Europe and can lead to serious allergic reactions, especially in small children.
Egg allergy in children
About 2% of children in the Netherlands are allergic to egg.
Egg allergy in adults
There are no precise figures available, but fortunately many adults outgrow their egg allergy.
Cross-reactions with egg
There are no cross-reactions (as far as known) with other foods.
What does a label say if it contains egg?
The following names for egg can be found on a label:
- Egg yolk
- Egg powder
- Lecithin (E322)
- Lysozyme (E1105)
What is egg in it?
Egg is found in many products. See below a list in which egg can be used:
- Mashed potatoes
- Chocolate/ bonbons
- Pastry (including the Kiss)
- Breaded dishes
- Gloss on bread, pastries, oven dishes
- Savory pies
- Ice cream
- Ready meals
- Cookie (e.g. shortbread, cat tongues)
- Spring roll
- Mayonnaise/fries sauce
- Painting layer
- Foaming drinks
- salad sauce
- Candy (bacon/ meringues)
- Turkish Delight
- Vegetarian meat substitutes
- Custard, porridge
Heating at egg
Just like with milk, it does matter whether an egg is eaten raw, cooked or heated to a high temperature.
Someone who tolerates boiled egg can react to raw egg. There are also more (violent) reactions to egg whites than to the yolk.
Some people are also afraid of the protein in vaccines, but drugs and flu vaccines such as those used in the Netherlands are safe for children