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How many eggs can you handle?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 27, 2012 at 6:24 AM

I'm experiencing some serious stomach cramps, and I had 5 whole eggs and 2 egg whites (pastured) today. If you're going to lecture me about "whole" foods...I have gastrointestinal issues that make fat difficult to take in large amounts so I went easy and saved the yolks for later to eat with salad. I had three eggs for lunch and then 2 yolks with salmon for dinner (along with others foods I've had today).

Anyway, I am getting dull pains/cramps in my stomach and my stomach has been trying to talk to me for hours (gurgling). I have that slight discomfort in my chest that I get sometimes when I'm not taking care of myself and electrolytes are off. Do any of you have a upper limit tolerance with eggs? I know egg whites are the part that people tend to be allergic to and I did have 7 of them today.

I've had eggs before, but not in this quantity. Is this an egg allergy? I've never had this kind of pain before after eating eggs. Or is this because my intake of fats is much higher than it normally is (I also had fish and seeds today)? Or is this something that is a common initial problem that will fade with time because of the change in diet?

I love eggs because it's a relatively cheap protein and fat source. I'd hate to give it up but I'm also scared to try this again tomorrow.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I really suspect the egg whites...

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on March 28, 2012
at 02:32 PM

I have a weird allergy to coconut oils/butters so have to be careful with that as well. Small amounts of coconut oil are great but that's it. Good luck - I seriously feel for you. It was such a bummer with the eggs..

60af23519906aa54b742ffc17477c3d3

(1186)

on March 28, 2012
at 06:19 AM

I am having this exact same dilemma right now, and realizing I will have to remove them for a while again. Problem is they're so great, so you just want to eat them all up! Sigh. My last egg was yesterday, and I already feel so much less bloated and crampy. My six pack has returned and I am not stinking up the house tonight (sorry). Sometimes the things we love don't love us back. Thank God for coconut butter.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 27, 2012
at 11:49 PM

I'm so jealous!

1586db0f16b2cef51ee4e71ab08ad1a2

(965)

on March 27, 2012
at 05:08 PM

Same. I save the whites for meals later in the week.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on March 27, 2012
at 04:06 PM

Egg overload! Any reason other than it being a cheap protein source you're eating so many?

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on March 27, 2012
at 04:06 PM

N=1! N=1! N=1! I was fine with eggs and used them as a great source of protein - eating over a dozen a week for months. Skipping along without problems and.. fail. I suddenly started to have physical issues. Not feeling great, strange breakouts, et al. I had to tinker with my food and after a few weeks? It was the eggs. Damn.

I completely eradicated them for several months, yes months, and slowly added them back in. I now can have 6 or less a week without a problem - no more or there is a reaction.

IMO: don't eat them for a week or two, or even longer, then slowly add back in - one at a time. One a day for a week, just the white, just the yolk, whatever you want to build back up to a reasonable level while still feeling good. Just pay close attention and be aware - good luck!

60af23519906aa54b742ffc17477c3d3

(1186)

on March 28, 2012
at 06:19 AM

I am having this exact same dilemma right now, and realizing I will have to remove them for a while again. Problem is they're so great, so you just want to eat them all up! Sigh. My last egg was yesterday, and I already feel so much less bloated and crampy. My six pack has returned and I am not stinking up the house tonight (sorry). Sometimes the things we love don't love us back. Thank God for coconut butter.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on March 28, 2012
at 02:32 PM

I have a weird allergy to coconut oils/butters so have to be careful with that as well. Small amounts of coconut oil are great but that's it. Good luck - I seriously feel for you. It was such a bummer with the eggs..

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1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on March 27, 2012
at 06:29 AM

I often eat just the yolks... I usually eat 4 a day...

1586db0f16b2cef51ee4e71ab08ad1a2

(965)

on March 27, 2012
at 05:08 PM

Same. I save the whites for meals later in the week.

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on March 27, 2012
at 12:43 PM

Maybe just too much for you at once? Try backing it off and working your way up slowly increasing to what you want.

I often found eating foods in larger than normal quantities than I was use to would upset my system, and I also have the full range of digestive issues. For me starting with small amounts and working up over time helps reduce or "catch" those symptoms before they hit you too hard.

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1dcfcebc5f36408d121f124a78292d42

on March 27, 2012
at 02:10 PM

There was a period where I was working on a farm and eggs were free, so I probably ate a 8-12 PER DAY! Never was an issue for me...

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C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

on March 27, 2012
at 03:58 PM

Egg whites trigger histamine release. If you are slightly histamine intolerant, you may be just over the threshold where you have a reaction.

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21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on March 27, 2012
at 03:43 PM

I can only handle 2 eggs at a time before my tummy files a complaint!

Poor me. First world problems :(

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8767a1533a7b3ed96dd3edb70df9bc90

on March 27, 2012
at 09:36 PM

I've never had an issue with eggs at all.

I routinely eat 6 of them in a meal. 8 if I go do Denny's and do a "build your own slam" breakfast. :)

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 27, 2012
at 11:49 PM

I'm so jealous!

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53ba4017f8db7f5ebe4af165a3acda93

on March 27, 2012
at 08:04 PM

RAW egg whites can bind with biotin, not cooked ones

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Bb2adc4df725b56e99e0652c0feb4640

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on March 27, 2012
at 05:29 PM

  1. Eggs aren't really that great of a protein source comparatively.

  2. Eggs contain avidin, which might bind biotin overall, and worsen a deficiency.

  3. Eggs will contain trace amounts of the foods the chickens were fed. This can include soy-meal, etc in the winter even for pastured chickens.

  4. Eggs trigger a large insulin response. Perhaps you need to eat some carbs with that.

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E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

on March 27, 2012
at 05:18 PM

We go through a ton of eggs, but while the rest of my family does well on whites I get some stomach upset, etc. So, I generally eat the yolks, usually 4 or 5/day this time of year because of our CSA. I do really well on that as my main protein and nutrient source early in the day, and often poached in bone broth with greens for breakfast or lunch. I don't think that if your body can handle them it's a big deal, but if you end up with problems maybe try just the yolks. I found that removing the whites made a HUGE difference for me. (And certainly if you're experiencing inflammation/icky feelings maybe cut them out for a couple of weeks to reset your system before trying again.)

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4d6aa1a676240b15dc569ff8ade0500f

(2546)

on March 27, 2012
at 01:00 PM

there are months where i eat 3-4 eggs a day, every day, and then from one day to the next, they become the most unappealing food to me -- to the point of being disgusted even when i think of having them. right now i'm in a egg-hating phase and it started with stomach pains and just generally feeling off for a few days. because i didn't quite realize the connection, i actually got physically ill and threw up a few days ago. at that point i had an incling of what was causing the issues, and the second i stopped the eggs i felt great again! i'm guessing my body stocks up on certain vitamins and minerals, and then before i "overdose" it rejects the food. last time this happened, i didn't have eggs for about 2 months -- i just subbed breakfasts with left over-type foods. this time around i'm having home-made yogurt with some fruit and nuts - delish!

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9267cb2507141e9a72e9d7159a5ffb80

on March 27, 2012
at 09:06 AM

Try to limit the consumption of eggs and see how it goes.Better option would be that you try to eat just the yolks for few days and see how it goes.

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