The fundamental principle of the carnivore diet is to stay away from anything that doesn’t come from an animal source. All types of eggs qualify as carnivore-friendly because they are sourced from animals — therefore, yes, you can eat eggs on the carnivore diet.
However, some people have egg allergies, so it’s not a good idea for them to eat eggs as part of their carnivore lifestyle until their body has adapted and can tolerate them.
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Health Benefits of Eggs
Eggs are healthy and nutritious. They are among the most nutritious whole foods on the planet — they contain a little bit of every nutrient that the human body needs. They contain selenium, choline, Vitamin B12, multiple antioxidants, and a lot more.
They also give you a potent blend of monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated, and saturated fat along with Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help with heart disease by reducing the levels of triglycerides in your blood. Eggs contain choline, an essential nutrient that builds cell membranes and helps with cognitive abilities.
Eggs are a great source of protein. The main building blocks of the human body are proteins, so it’s important that you get an ample amount of protein in your diet. From weight loss to an increase in muscle mass, and from reduced blood pressure to optimized bone health — protein has a multitude of benefits for your health.
Because protein is incredibly satiating, eggs score very high on the satiety index — a scale that measures the ability of different foods to cause feelings of fullness. Thus, eating eggs will keep you feeling full for a long time, and reduce your calorie intake.
What’s more, eggs are affordable as well, so they’re great for doing the carnivore diet on a budget.
Why You Should Avoid Eggs on the Carnivore Diet
Some people are allergic to eggs. For people with this allergy, their immune system considers proteins in eggs as harmful and releases histamine and other chemicals, which cause symptoms.
Once you eat eggs or anything that contains eggs, and you are allergic to eggs, you start showing symptoms. The symptoms can show up instantly or take a few hours to manifest. From skin rashes and hives to nasal congestion and vomiting, the symptoms can be anywhere from mild to severe.
If you have an egg allergy, then you should initially stay away from eggs on the carnivore diet. However, by giving small doses of eggs, doctors have reversed egg allergies in children and teens. This gradually trains their immune systems to accept the food they are allergic to.
If you have a mild egg allergy, we suggest waiting until your body had adapted to the carnivore diet, and then introducing eggs slowly to see how you react.
Carnivore Alternatives to Eggs
If you are cooking a carnivore meal that needs eggs, you can use yogurt or buttermilk as a substitute. It will add moisture and bind the ingredients together. Other than these, there is unfortunately not a lot of room for substituting eggs on a carnivore diet.
Eggs are nutritious whole foods that are a great addition to your carnivore diet. From reducing the risk of chronic diseases to keeping your food cravings in check, eggs are a great choice.
Although some people suffer from an egg allergy and shouldn’t eat eggs on the carnivore diet, it may be an option to reverse these allergic reactions.