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Are Eggs Considered a Dairy Product?
By Adda Bjarnadottir, MS
Therefore, many people speculate whether the former are considered a dairy product.
For those who are lactose intolerant or allergic to milk proteins, it's an important distinction to make.
This article explains whether eggs are a dairy product.
Eggs Are Not a Dairy Product
Eggs are not a dairy product. It's as simple as that.
The definition of dairy includes foods produced from the milk of mammals, such as cows and goats (1Trusted Source).
Basically, it refers to milk and any food products made from milk, including cheese, cream, butter, and yogurt.
On the contrary, eggs are laid by birds, such as hens, ducks, and quail. Birds are not mammals and don't produce milk.
While eggs may be stored in the dairy aisle and are often grouped with dairy, they're not a dairy product.
Eggs are not a dairy product, as they're not produced from milk.
Why Eggs Are Often Categorized With Dairy
Many people group eggs and dairy together.
Though they're not related, they do have two things in common:
- They are animal products.
- They are high in protein.
Vegans and some vegetarians avoid both, as they're derived from animals — which may add to the confusion.
Furthermore, in the United States and many other countries, eggs are stored in the dairy aisle of grocery stores, which could lead people to believe they're related.
Eggs and dairy products are often grouped together. They're both animal products but otherwise not related.
Eggs and Lactose Intolerance
If you're lactose intolerant, it is perfectly safe to eat eggs.
Lactose intolerance is a digestive condition in which your body cannot digest lactose, the main sugar in milk and dairy products.
It's estimated that about 75% of adults worldwide cannot digest lactose (3Trusted Source).
People with lactose intolerance may develop digestive symptoms like gas, stomach cramps, and diarrhea after ingesting this substance (3Trusted Source).
However, eggs are not a dairy product and don't contain lactose or any milk protein.
Therefore, similarly to how eating dairy won't affect those with an egg allergy, eating eggs will not affect those with a milk allergy or lactose intolerance — unless you're allergic to both.
Since eggs are not a dairy product, they don't contain lactose. Therefore, those who are lactose intolerant or allergic to milk proteins can eat eggs.
Extremely Nutritious and Healthy
Despite being relatively low in calories, eggs are rich in good-quality protein, fat, and a variety of nutrients.
One large egg contains (5):
- Calories: 78
- Protein: 6 grams
- Fat: 5 grams
- Carbs: 1 gram
- Selenium: 28% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Riboflavin: 20% of the DV
- Vitamin B12: 23% of the DV
Eggs also contain smaller amounts of almost every vitamin and mineral that your body needs.
Eggs are low in calories but highly nutritious. They're also very filling and may aid weight loss.
The Bottom Line
Though eggs and dairy products are both animal products and often stored in the same supermarket aisle, they're otherwise unrelated.
Dairy is produced from milk, whereas eggs come from birds.
Thus, despite the widespread misunderstanding, eggs are not a dairy product.
Reposted with permission from our media associate Healthline.
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By Jake Johnson
As a growing number of states move to pass laws that would criminalize pipeline protests and hit demonstrators with years in prison, an audio recording obtained by The Intercept showed a representative of a powerful oil and gas lobbying group bragging about the industry's success in crafting anti-protest legislation behind closed doors.
Speaking during a conference in Washington, DC in June, Derrick Morgan, senior vice president for federal and regulatory affairs at the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), touted "model legislation" that states across the nation have passed in recent months.
AFPM represents a number of major fossil fuel giants, including Chevron, Koch Industries and ExxonMobil.
"We've seen a lot of success at the state level, particularly starting with Oklahoma in 2017," said Morgan, citing Dakota Access Pipeline protests as the motivation behind the aggressive lobbying effort. "We're up to nine states that have passed laws that are substantially close to the model policy that you have in your packet."
Big Oil is now using its political power to try and criminalize protests of oil & gas infrastructure.— Friends of the Earth (@foe_us) August 19, 2019
"This legislation has potential to punish public participation and mischaracterize advocacy protected by the First Amendment."https://t.co/bmiHjONEhy
The audio recording comes just months after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law legislation that would punish anti-pipeline demonstrators with up to 10 years in prison, a move environmentalists condemned as a flagrant attack on free expression.
"Big Oil is hijacking our legislative system," Dallas Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network said after the Texas Senate passed the bill in May.
As The Intercept's Lee Fang reported Monday, the model legislation Morgan cited in his remarks "has been introduced in various forms in 22 states and passed in ... Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Missouri, Indiana, Iowa, South Dakota, and North Dakota."
"The AFPM lobbyist also boasted that the template legislation has enjoyed bipartisan support," according to Fang. "In Louisiana, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the version of the bill there, which is being challenged by the Center for Constitutional Rights. Even in Illinois, Morgan noted, 'We almost got that across the finish line in a very Democratic-dominated legislature.' The bill did not pass as it got pushed aside over time constraints at the end of the legislative session."
Many of the state bills restricting the right to protest have been "drafted by companies and passed through groups like ALEC, the secretive group of corporate lobbyists trying to rewrite state laws to benefit corporations over people." @greenpeaceusa https://t.co/ZxpTjWdrwT— Stand Up To ALEC (@StandUpToALEC) May 6, 2019
Reposted with permission from our media associate Common Dreams.
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