Can you develop a food intolerance to eggs?

7 April 2012
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Note: The following post references my personal experience with a (possible) food related allergy/intolerance and is for informational purposes only, this post is by no means intended to advise on such topics. If you are having food related problems then I recommend you to go see a doctor to get it properly checked out.

Last year I posted about the common belief that "too many eggs in the diet causes heart disease and high cholesterol" and revealed this as a myth, and that while eggs do increase overall cholesterol levels they actually decrease bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol so too many eggs aren't a bad thing.

What I didn't talk about then was how we can develop intolerances to certain foods, that's to say: over time your body can start to reject food and you'd feel a reaction to such food. Common intolerances are to foods that come in the dairy category; and gluten is another common one which can lead to celiac disease.

So back to eggs. Over the last few weeks I've been getting stomach aches at, what I thought, were random times. It started off slight pains for half an hour or so but ended up being more painful for much longer! With these pains becoming quite regular I decided I’d do some experimenting with what I was eating. The fact that I’d been eating a lot of eggs and drinking plenty of milk recently I decided to look at these first. And hey-presto... it was eggs! I had a 3 egg omelet one morning and was in pain until lunch time... ouch!!

Should I stop eating eggs forever then?

Now that I know (I think) I have developed an intolerance to eggs, do I need to cut them out of my diet forever?

Hopefully not - thank goodness! There are many food allergy/intolerance tests out there, just Google “food intolerance test” and you’ll see what I mean, but one of the common protocols used to help identify and in some cases resolve a food intolerance is to ‘exclude and re-introduce’. By this I mean excluding the suspected food, in my case eggs, for a period of time and then slowly re-introducing them to the diet.

My plan then is to exclude eggs for 6 weeks, and then slowly re-introduce them in their different forms (i.e. boiled, scrambled, fried, poached etc...) to see if I have a reaction to any of the different types. My hope is that after the 6 weeks I will be able to stomach eating eggs again.

The lesson I’ve learnt is that we can develop intolerances to certain food if they are eaten too often, and I’ll be careful to avoid such a situation again in the future.

Update: the results

9 June 2012

It's been about 2 months since I bogged about my intolerance to eggs I had appeared to develop. The first 6 weeks of this time was spent avoiding eggs altogether, which believe me is harder than it seems!

Following the 6 week period of "egglessness", I decided to test the waters again, starting with one boiled egg: I had no reaction, great start :)

A few days later I had scrabbled eggs: again no reaction. Following this I tried fried eggs, no reaction again! Result! Could it be that I had got rid of this egg intolerance?

A week or so later I made myself an omelet using 2 eggs, cheese and ham. Unfortunately I can't report a "no reaction" this time as a few hours after eating I had that dull achy pain in my stomach that I was getting previously.

Since then I’ve had scrambled/poached/fried and boiled eggs and have had no reaction, maybe it was the way the omelet was cooked, maybe it was the combination of ingredients used... I’m not sure, but what I am sure about is that I can eat eggs again now every few days. Happy Days :)

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