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Tolerating duck eggs vs chicken eggs

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

I was having a lot of bloating that I couldn't quite understand considering I eat a pretty clean paleo diet. Part of me thought for a while that it could be the eggs but I didn't want to admit it to myself considering I already limit dairy and don't eat nightshades. One day I decided to cut them out and my bloating completely went away. Mind you, I was eating the highest quality pastured eggs that live mostly on grass and bugs with a wheat and soy-free supplemental feed (I have celiac so I always verify my sources for poultry). My question is what is your take on totally grain-free pastured duck eggs? I bought a carton but I'm, irrationally perhaps, a little worried to try them being that I've been feeling so great and bloat-free these past two weeks. I know a solid answer either way isn't possible considering everyone's situation is different but I've heard that people who can't tolerate chicken eggs often don't have an issue with duck eggs. Thoughts?

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on August 22, 2012
at 01:09 PM

I know this isn't really an answer and I don't know if there is a difference in terms of digestion but I can occasionally get my hands on them and love them. You should consider yourself lucky to have a good source, especially if they aren't too expensive. I'm paying $10 per dozen, but at least they are twice the size of chicken eggs.

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I don't know if there is a difference in term of digestion but I can occasionally get my hands on them and love them. You should consider yourself lucky to have a good source, especially if they aren't too expensive. I'm paying $10 per dozen, but at least they are twice the size of chicken eggs.

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on August 22, 2012
at 12:34 PM

Duck eggs are more easily digestible than chicken eggs and haven't been through the history of genetic modification like most all chickens. I say go for it if you have access to duck eggs.

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on August 22, 2012
at 01:30 PM

Sounds like you have an egg allergy. There was a post about this yesterday. The Egg Whites and the Egg Yolks have different proteins. Duck eggs have different proteins than Chicken Eggs.

What you need to do is figure out whether it's an actual allergy, or something else. You can get tested in a lab, but you can also just fry up some egg whites and yolks separately and see if it effects you. I agree with Sleepyhouse, there are far fewer allergies to duck eggs than chicken eggs. This could be because of the protein difference, or just an exposure rate. I would try them -- but do it systematically. Eat just the duck eggs, whole. See how you feel. IF you are bloated, try just the yolk or just the white.

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on August 22, 2012
at 06:16 PM

Have a little experiment: eat the whole duck eggs and see what happens. Don't eat 4 of them, maybe 2.

The next day, eat just the chicken yolk, see what happens.

Day 3, just the duck yolk. Hopefully, the whole duck egg will work (they are mostly yolk anyway). But just to see.

I had to do this to find out that my allergy was mostly the egg whites. I also get a runny nose when I eat egg whites...just for a bit of background, or if I eat a lot of them I get a red rash over my nose and mouth (like a fighter pilot).

Could also be your digestion. Try some kefir or betaine HCL?

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