Are eggs a dairy product? Interestingly they are not. Eggs come out of birds which are not mammals. Products that come out of mammals can only come under the category of dairy products.
For some reason, eggs and dairy are often grouped together; therefore, people keep speculating if eggs too are dairy products. Here are few of the reasons that will clear out all confusions and separates eggs from other dairy products.
#1. Are Eggs Dairy?
Most of us keep wondering if eggs are dairy because they came from a chicken. They are often shelved along with cheese and milk in the dairy section of super markets. The confusion may also arise due to the similar nutritional value of eggs and other dairy products.
To clear the air, eggs are not a dairy product. They are produced by animals and are therefore animal byproducts and not dairy products. A dairy product includes those that are produced by the mammary glands of animals such as sheep, goats, and cows. These products usually constitute of milk, cream, and butter. In short, dairy products refer to milk or any food products made from milk, such as cheese, cream, butter, and yogurt.
#2. Are Eggs Dairy Products?
Eggs are not a dairy product. It is so because eggs are laid by birds, mostly hens, ducks, and quail. Birds are not mammals, and also they do not produce any milk. They are often confused as dairy because eggs too are animal byproducts (like milk) and are rich in proteins (like cheese). Vegans and some vegetarians avoid consuming both of them because they are both derived from animals. That just adds to the confusion.
Most grocery stores place eggs and dairy products together because both of them require refrigeration. They might get spoiled if not kept in a cold environment. To keep the fresh it is important that they are stored in cold and dry places.
#3. Are Eggs Lactose-Free?
Lactose intolerance is a digestive disorder in which the body is unable to digest lactose which is the main sugar found in milk and dairy products. About 75% of the world’s adults cannot digest lactose. People suffering from lactose intolerance may develop some digestive symptoms after consuming lactose. These symptoms could be gas, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. For those who are lactose intolerant eating eggs is an important decision to make.
Because of the common misconception of an egg being a dairy product most people tend to avoid eating it too. But if you're lactose intolerant, it is perfectly safe to eat eggs. Eggs are not a dairy product and therefore do not contain lactose or any other milk protein.
Similarly, the manner in which how eating dairy won't affect those with an egg allergy, eating eggs won’t have an impact on those with milk allergy or lactose intolerance. Just be sure that you are not allergic to both of them.
#4. Nutritional Value Of Eggs
Eggs are extremely nutritious. They contain high amounts of proteins, fats, and nutrients but are relatively low on the calorie count.
In addition to being highly nutritious, eggs are very filling are great for weight loss and can be converted into delicious recipes. If facts are to be believed eating eggs in breakfast keeps you away from about 500 of those extra calories throughout the day.
One large egg contains
- Calories: 78
- Protein: 6 grams
- Fat: 5 grams
- Carbs: 1 gram
- Selenium: 22% of the RDI
- Riboflavin: 15% of the RDI
- Vitamin B12: 9% of the RDI
Eggs contain minor amounts of practically every vitamin and mineral that the body demands. They are among the very few dietary sources of choline which is a very important nutrient that most of us lack.
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