Food allergy question--my husband can eat eggs but not chicken

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Redfamily, May 3, 2007.

  1. Redfamily

    Redfamily Hatching

    Can anyone tell me what happens scientifically when an egg gets the chance to turn into a chick?

    Or direct me to somewhere/someone that might be able to help/tell me?

    My husband can eat eggs but not chicken (or turkey or fish). It would be nice to know what about the chicken that makes him allergic. Thankfully, his allergy is not life-threatening: he just gets really bad, uncomfortable indigestion.

    Kelly [​IMG]
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Ouch, that is a BIG question.... I assume you only eat the meat and that is mainly protein that is comprised of myosin, actin, fibronectin, collagen, and many other proteins that are "turned on" during embryogenesis and subsequent growth of the chicken or other meat.

    The short story is that once the egg is fertilized, it has the ability to grow when incubated. Within the first day, hundreds of cytokine cascades occur that signal the division of the cells forming the zygote, the blastula and so on, till you can see the neural fold develop and given enough time, each developmental structure forming and developing into the chick that grows up to be food...

    Your husband can be allergic to some component in the flesh or may lack a particular enzyme necessary to break down the particular proteins in those particular types of meat if it gives him indigstion. If it is commercial meat, it could also be something as a result of the way they raise their birds and process them, but that is more unlikley.

    You can't quote me on the facts as I may have some stuff lacking and am missing lots of steps to how an egg becomes a chick. Many of the regulation steps are still not known, as I work on the pathway that forms muscle in the chick.
  3. hencackle

    hencackle Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    I agree with Silkie that certain protein components found in poultry could be allergenic...but I've heard of some people so allergic to soy that they couldn't eat chicken that had soy in its feed. Many restaurants serve fish that was raised on fish farms and soy is definitely used in aquaculture.

    My husband developed an allergy to shrimp, he can eat scallops, mussels, oysters, calamari, fish so it is a protein and not iodine. He didn't have any problems with the betadine scrub before his hernia repair.

    Sorry about your husband's food allergy.

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