Eggs are a useful and versatile food. Most people do not have a problem with eggs in general and for them eggs are a staple on SCD. Those with an allergy to eggs should avoid them altogether. Some people have sensitivities with eggs and these sensitivities may be heightened with digestive disorders. When introducing any new food on SCD, one should always try just a little at first. Eggs, in particular, should be introduced with caution. It cannot be said too often, each person is different with different food tolerances. We each must find our own way.
In addition, there has been some confusion regarding when to introduce eggs into the diet due to a contradiction in the book, Breaking The Vicious Cycle (BTVC).
What BTVC Says
If you have the newest version of Breaking the Vicious Cycle that include the “Autism Connection” or the Thirteenth Printing (May 2010), on page 63 it states, “When brisk diarrhea is no longer present, egg may be added to the diet.” Then on page 69, “Introducing the Diet” egg is listed as a main staple for the next three to five days.
This has had many people asking “When do I introduce eggs?” Good question!
Knowing your Body's Tolerances
It has been noted that different people have different tolerances for eggs. It has been said that some can only eat the egg whites, some only hard boiled, others scrambled. Some should stay away from eggs on the introduction all together and others should stay away from eggs for some time until healing takes place.
Ultimately the introduction of eggs is going to depend on you and how well your body tolerates eggs.
Here is some advice from others on SCD Diet Group regarding tolerance for eggs:
- "Just because something is listed as something you can eat, does not mean all people will tolerate it at all times. That's the way it is with eggs. Eggs are allowed on the intro diet, but not everyone will be able to eat them".
- "If you're having bad diarrhea, you may want to leave them (eggs)out for a bit".
- "For myself, soft-boiled eggs were one of the few things I tolerated. Couldn't do fried, baked, scrambled, or hard boiled, but I was fine with soft-boiled."
- "I usually eat 2 eggs for breakfast every morning, whether I have diarrhea or not."
- "In BTVC Chapter 9 Introducing the Diet Eggs* Avoid if diarrhea is very severe do not eat them. Later you will be able to eat them just fine after healing more.
Dishes Made with Eggs as an Ingredient vs. Just Eating Eggs
Question: BTVC says no eggs until diarrhea is gone but is the cheesecake okay to eat even though it has eggs?
Answer: The cheesecake is on the intro diet. Also, it may seem strange but people who do not tolerate eggs alone often find they tolerate eggs just fine when the eggs are an ingredient mixed in with other things.
Introducing Eggs with Other Foods
Q: When I introduce the other foods in should I wait on eggs until I have no diarrhea or introduce those for breakfast as well?
A: It all depends. For me, soft-boiled eggs were one of the first foods I was able to introduce and do well on. Other people have had to wait several months before introducing eggs.
For most of us, eggs are a very useful and versatile component of the SCD Diet. Eggs are very handy in SCD baking.
Keeping a Journal
It is important to know your body. It is advised that you keep a detailed journal. You should include all foods that you are eating, how those foods are prepared, bathroom trips, diarrhea, blood, mucus or constipation. Also write down when you eat a certain food if your stomach cramps, you feel bloated, nauseated, etc. Keeping this information helps you to recognize when you add a certain food if there is any reaction to that newly-introduced food. This is the same information that you should collect when trying eggs.
It is strongly recommended is that you keep a food diary, noting down day, date, time, and what you eat -- and also keeping track of your symptoms. That way, you can go back, and if you see that certain symptoms always occur when you eat certain foods, you will know that you may not be tolerating that food at this time and that more healing is required.
Using Eggs In A Recipe
Eggs come in different sizes: jumbo, extra large, large, medium, small and peewee. Any good cookbook should specify what size eggs they are using because that will make a difference in the amount of material and the stiffness in a batter. If nothing is said, chances are that they are using large eggs. In comparing the egg size in the cookbook to the size of the eggs that you have in your refrigerator, you may have to compensate by either using an extra egg or using extra almond flour, etc. to achieve the correct consistency for the mixture. In recording your own recipes, note the size of the eggs that you used to help you when you use that recipe again.
Jumbo eggs weigh 30 ounces per dozen. Extra large eggs weighs 27 ounces per dozen. Each size down weighs three ounces less per dozen than the one before it. The website of the American Egg Board has lots of information about eggs. http://www.aeb.org