Is Egg Dairy Or Not?

By | May 23, 2017

You are at the grocery store and you look over at your list, the only things left on your list before you go home are; yogurt, some cheese slices, a carton of milk and a dozen eggs. Boy! That sure saved you a lot of time! Because that means you only have one more aisle to go through and that is the dairy aisle. Just one quick trip to the dairy aisle and you’re all set. Now, what if someone told you that out of the four things left on your list, one of them does not actually belong in the dairy aisle? You would immediately feel like someone was pulling your leg on this one because you are very well aware of the fact that all of these products have been in the dairy aisle since as long as you can remember.

Not just at this particular grocery store either, but at every single grocery store you have ever been too. Then what could possibly not belong in the dairy aisle? Our misfit would have to be the dozens of eggs. Contrary to popular belief and I mean extremely popular belief, eggs have about as much to do with the yogurt, cheese and milk as a can of sardines. Basically, they are all related to animals, yet they cannot be grouped together as a whole. You clearly disassociate the can of sardines from everything else on the list. You might not actually be to blame here either, whenever you see a picture of dairy products online it always goes like: milk, cream cheese and eggs. The eggs do not belong there yet people seem to have no hesitation in putting them there. The contradiction here is simple – why put something in the dairy aisle if it does not belong there? Well, there are reasons such as some minor similarities and most probably refrigeration over classification and specifics.

Is Egg Dairy?

Specifying ‘Dairy’ A Little More Accurately:

To start you off on this long road ahead, let us define dairy a little more accurately than you have been told for so long. Dairy is a product produced by the mammary glands of an animal. That is, something to do with milk obtained from the glands. These products are typically obtained by animals such as cows or goats. Yogurt and cheese are also classified as dairy products because they are basically milk. They are all derivatives of milk. Essentially, mammals are the source of our dairy products. Eggs, on the other hand, are obtained from birds such as chickens, ducks, turkeys or even ostrich. These animals are most definitely not mammals. While these animals do belong to the same phylum, they don’t belong to the same class. Mammals form one class of the phylum and birds from another class i.e the class aves. Yogurt, cheese and milk all have something to do with the mammary gland of animals while eggs do not. However, they do have one thing in common; they’re all considered as animal by-products. It is not the actual animal that you are having, but something that has a connection with it in some way or is produced by the animal.

The Grouping Scheme:

If you are having chicken or lamb for dinner, you are eating meat that is the actual animal itself. Then again, if you follow it up with a glass of milk, you are having an animal by-product. Milk, yogurt, cheese and eggs are all animal by-products. So that is in fact one thing that they do have in common. Honestly, if you think of all of them as being animal by-products it actually seems to be alright for them to be grouped together. Yet, you might not think so when you consider the fact that many people have dietary problems relating to either of these two broad categories and by associating them as one, digestive problems may arise. By grouping them together you are basically forbidding yourself from having one essential constituent of a balanced diet by a mere misconception.

The other possible reason why grocery stores keep these products in the same aisle and essentially mess with our heads is the fact that they have given refrigeration higher ground over classification. Essentially, instead of having one aisle dedicated to nothing but eggs, you now have an aisle of animal by-product. Eggs are in fact grouped as proteins; however, their refrigeration is different than any other member of that group. They need the basic refrigeration conditions which match that of the dairy products. Hence, you have no other choice other than to put them in the dairy aisle. You can call it the animal by-product aisle as well. However, since 99.9% of all that you see here is dairy, the aisle is known as the dairy aisle.

Is Egg Dairy or not?

The Difference Between Lactose Intolerance and Egg Allergies:

This does not in any way mean that eggs are any less nutritious for you than the other actual dairy products. On the contrary, this may actually mean that you can in fact have one over the other in case of intolerance to any one category. You may be liberated of the abstinence due to misconception. Lactose intolerance has nothing to do with your ability to digest any eggs. Similarly, egg allergies have nothing to do with your ability to digest yogurt, milk or cheese. Lactose is a monosaccharide carbohydrate found in, you guessed it, milk. People with lactose intolerance have trouble digesting this particular monosaccharide and as a result may have digestive problems such as stomach troubles, gas or diarrhea. If you have digestive troubles after eating an egg, that does not indicate lactose intolerance. You may have an egg allergy, but nothing to do with your ability to eat dairy products. Studies show that about seventy five percent of all the people in the world are likely lactose intolerant. That is, you are more likely to have a problem with dairy products than you are to have with eggs.  So, despite your abstinence from eggs, you can actually have them anytime you want!

Nutritional Benefits Of Eggs:

Furthermore, eggs are a rich source of basically all the right things you need in your diet. The egg white proves to be a rich source of protein. In fact, it equates to 6 grams of protein. Additionally, there are around 5 grams of healthy fats. As far as the vitamins are concerned, one egg contains vitamins A, vitamin B2, and vitamin B12, vitamin B5 along with traces of vitamin D and vitamin E. The egg white has all the major constituents necessary to increase healthy functioning. It clears up your system and increases your visual health. You can actually benefit quite greatly from one egg far more than you think. Now to talk about the notorious yolk of the egg which most people would actually disregard because it is high in cholesterol and cholesterol is bad for you, right? Well, you sort of also believed eggs were dairy products so..

There are actually good and bad types of cholesterol. There is HDL or the good cholesterol and then there is LDL the bad cholesterol. An egg has both of them, but before you focus on the fact that it has LDL, you need to realize that it only has sub-units of LDL. Essentially, it turns bad cholesterol into good cholesterol and has naturally good cholesterol as a bonus. Another lesser known fact (probably lesser known than the fact that egg is not dairy) is the fact that eggs contain choline. Now, choline is an extremely beneficial nutrient and is helpful in building cell membranes and aiding brain function amongst various other things. About ninety percent of all US citizens do not receive the recommended daily intake of choline. One egg contains 100mg of choline which is more than enough to meet the dietary aim. Here we’ve established that one egg has the potential of saving you from heart disease, eye disease and give you a nutrient you haven’t even heard of before! If you think of skipping eggs for breakfast then think again. One egg has roughly 77 calories and some major benefits. Studies show that if you have one egg a day, it’s physically fulfilling enough to decrease your average calorie intake by 400 calories.


To get back to the topic at hand, lifelong deception. Since we can’t necessarily classify eggs as dairy products any longer, where do we put them? Let’s go over the facts shall we, eggs are animal by-products but not dairy products, eggs are a rich source of many nutrients and eggs are essential for a balanced diet. I’m pretty sure at some point in your life; you’ve seen a food pyramid. It basically summarizes all the essential food items to keep you living a healthy and fulfilling life. At the very base of the pyramid, you’ll find the eggs. The eggs are grouped amongst other products, but more closely with the animal it’s derived from – the bird. Hence, according to nutritionists, eggs can rightly be classified as protein products and are put in the category with meats and beans.

To Sum It Up:

All in all, eggs are not considered as dairy products. You might have known about this prior to reading the article or you might not have, nevertheless you still immediately associate eggs as being something that is placed in the dairy aisle of your local grocery store. Why eggs are there in the first place is because they require the same conditions of refrigeration as do the actual dairy products. Dedicating an entire aisle to nothing but eggs with the same conditions required as dairy products or to label the dairy aisle with eggs as ‘Dairy, oh and eggs too’ would take up time none of us have. However, this system of classification despite its reasons may not be totally harmless. Since eggs are classified as dairy products, people who suffer from lactose intolerance avoid eggs as well. This can potentially disrupt their protein intake without it being necessary. Similarly, people with egg allergies may over look it since they think it is in fact a dairy product. So, there should be a section in the dairy aisle that clearly labels eggs to disassociate them from anything dairy. Just remember, dairy is associated with the mammary glands of mammals. Hence, cheese or yogurt is derivatives of milk that is produced by the mammary glands of animals such as goats or cows, essentially mammals. Eggs come from birds such as ducks or chickens etc. Birds are not mammals. The fact that it made an egg is pretty self explanatory. Eggs are a rich source of protein constituting to nearly 6 grams of protein. The egg white is substantially beneficial to health as it contains numerous vitamins and good fats. The yolk may be notorious, but it contains good cholesterol which aids your body in synthesis and pathway signals. You are also able to increase your visual health and keep yourself active throughout the day. Little known, but greatly beneficial nutrient choline is also there in a hearty amount. Choline deficiencies are common and can be avoided with one single egg. In a whole, one egg has seventy seven calories which is a pretty good deal for the benefits that you will be receiving from it. It is physically fulfilling and you will be less likely to over eat if you have an egg a day for breakfast.

So there you have it folks, your misconceptions have finally been dealt with. Eggs have been used as a great source of nutrition since centuries. Now you know just what nutritional benefits you get from them and how to classify them accordingly.

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