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Egg-Free Diet

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Egg substitutes:

  • Commercial egg substitutes are available, but label reading is imperative; many low-cholesterol egg substitute products contain egg white
  • Check the label on mayonnaise-substitute products for egg content
  • Soft tofu can resemble eggs when spiced and scrambled with cheese, vegetables, or breakfast meats


  • Soy flour can replace eggs in baked goods and casseroles
  • Xanthan gum, water, or vinegar can also be used in place of eggs in some recipes
  • Extra baking powder, oil, cornstarch, flour, tofu, or unflavored gelatin can be used for some products with good results

Foods to Avoid

To avoid eggs and egg products ask about ingredients at restaurants and others’ homes, read food labels, and become familiar with the technical or scientific terms for eggs. The following list is not complete. Consult with a healthcare professional before making any significant changes to your diet.

Note: Some of the foods on this list only rarely contain eggs (for example: sausage, sherbet, coffee).

  • Albumin
  • Baby foods (some)
  • Bavarian creams
  • Beers (some)
  • Beverages (prepared)
  • Breaded foods (some)
  • Breads (some; especially those with shiny crusts)
  • Cakes
  • Candy (some)
  • Coffee (some; to produce clarification)
  • Cookies (some)
  • Consommés
  • Creamed foods
  • Creamed pies
  • Cream puffs
  • Croquettes
  • Custards
  • Doughnuts
  • “Egg Beaters”
  • Egg noodles
  • Egg rolls
  • Egg whites
  • Egg yolks
  • Egg substitutes (some)
  • Eggnog
  • Fondue
  • French ice cream
  • Fritters
  • Frostings
  • Hollandaise sauces
  • Ice cream
  • Marshmallows
  • Mayonnaise
  • Meat or fish in batter
  • Meringues
  • Muffins (some)
  • Pancakes (most)
  • Pie fillings (some)
  • Powdered or dry eggs
  • Prepared meats (egg as a binding agent)
  • Pretzels (some)
  • Puddings
  • Root beers (some; used to produce foam)
  • Salad dressings containing eggs
  • Sausages
  • Sherbets
  • Simplesse® (fat substitute)
  • Soups (some)
  • Soufflés
  • Tartar sauce (and other sauces)
  • Wine (some; to produce clarification)
  • Waffles

Other words that may indicate egg:

  • Apovitellenins I & VI
  • Globulin
  • Livetin
  • Lysozyme
  • Ovalbumin
  • Ovoglobulin egg albumin
  • Ovomucin
  • Ovomucoid
  • Ovotransferrin
  • Phosvitin

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