Childhood Diseases

Posted by: niki | 2010/02/08


Egg white

i would like to know if it a confirmed and known theory that allergy to egg white does not have a reaction when the egg white is heated at high temp i.e. in cakes etc? my daught has an allergy but reacts only if she comes into contact with raw egg white on a spoon maybe when licking the icing for a cake etc but not to the actual cake or any other items with egg white not even to meringues!

Is this ok to leave her to eat the heated egg white products and avoid raw? i also never give her a fried/boiled egg white rather remove the white and give her the yellow and she is fine with this too. Am i causing danger, her reactions have been mild to date

Expert's Reply



Many egg allergic children are able to eat cakes which contain egg but only because the egg protein [the white] has been de-natured by the high temperature [180 degrees C and hotter] the cake was baked at and also the length of time taken to bake the cake. Do NOT give your child boiled eggs or any other kind of eggs to eat as the cooking temperature will not change the protein enough.

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