Resource Center: Egg Allergy

Approximately 1.5% of young children are affected by egg allergies. Luckily, it is also a food allergy that is likely to be outgrown.

What if I need to substitute eggs for baking?

If you are baking from scratch, this is relatively easy!

For each egg, use one of the following combinations to replace an egg. These will work best for recipes that require 1 to 3 eggs. You would double and triple as needed.

  • 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 T. liquid, 1 T. vinegar
  • 1 tsp. yeast dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 T. water, 1 1/2 T. oil, 1 Tsp. baking powder
  • 1 packet gelatin, 2 T. warm water. Do not mix until ready to use

Some Hidden Places That You Might Find Egg

  • Some egg substitutes that are commercially available still contain egg whites. Make sure to read labels carefully.
    Eggs are often used in coffee toppings and cocktail drinks. Make sure to ask your barista or bartender if your drink contains eggs when you order.
  • Most pre-made cooked pasta (including in canned soups) contains eggs. They may also be cross-contaminated by being made on the same equipment as egg pasta. Dried box pasta is usually free of eggs but again there is a concern for cross-contamination. In general, you should always double check before consuming pasta.
  • Egg wash is used many times on baked goods (like challah.) Make sure to find out before you eat!

Commonly Asked Questions

Can a person with an egg allergy safely use the MMR vaccine?

The American Academy of Pediatrics states that this vaccine is safe for all patients with an egg allergy. 

Is a flu shot safe for an individual with an egg allergy?

Recent guidelines do not consider egg allergy to be a contraindication for receiving a flu shot. Discuss this with your allergist. 

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