Let’s talk about eggs. Before doing the GAPS diet, we consumed a very conservative amount of eggs–usually my own breakfast and in baking. I bought a dozen a week. After getting into GAPS, though, we upped our egg intake drastically. Now, after we’ve “leveled out,” so to speak, we still go through about seven dozen a week! We love our eggs–and there are many reasons!
Eggs have long been recognized as a source of high-quality protein. The World Health Organization (WHO) and other public health authorities actually use eggs as their reference standard for evaluating the protein quality in all other foods…. The high quality of egg protein is based on the mixture of amino acids it contains. (Amino acids are the building blocks for making proteins.) Eggs provide a complete range of amino acids, including branched chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine, valine), sulfur-containing amino acids (methionine, cysteine), lysine, tryptophan, and all other essential amino acids. Their protein is sometimes referred to as a ‘complete protein’ for this reason. (source)
The protein in eggs is considered so high quality and bio-available (ready to digest) that the proteins in all other foods are compared to eggs to determine their quality! In the GAPS diet, eggs are extremely important as they are so easily digestibly and healing–two important aspects of the diet, especially the Intro diet. (Eggs are introduced after the first couple of stages of the GAPS Intro.)
Egg yolks are also a great first food for babies! Read more here.
How do we go through so many eggs in a week? Well, we eat about 10 eggs at breakfast (8 eggs split between the boys, 2 eggs for me), and I do some baking, and I often put a hardboiled egg or two in school lunches. That’s an easy way to go through a dozen or more per day!
But what if you or your child is allergic to eggs? Well, there is a chance the GAPS diet could actually heal that allergy! Although food allergies aren’t fully understood, I have read some research that healing and sealing the gut lining–a hallmark of GAPS–could alleviate mild food allergies. Read here for an interesting story of a lady trying to heal her egg intolerance on GAPS.
Tomorrow: we love eggs so much that we now get them from our own back yard!
This post is part of the 31 Days writing challenge, during which I’m detailing our family’s journey through autism as it relates to the one lifestyle change we made that had the greatest impact on our son’s recovery: nutrition. Click here for a list of all this month’s entries as they are posted.