In this post, I explain the Just Egg Ingredients and whether or not this is a plant-based ingredient you’ll want to buy.
What is Just Egg?
Just Egg product is a plant-based substitute for eggs. It comes in a bottle and can be used to prepare scrambles, omelets, frittatas, vegan French toast, a breakfast sandwich, and quiches, or used as a substitute for baking. As more and more people turn to a plant-based vegan lifestyle due to health concerns, environmental worries, or animal welfare rights, there is a rising demand for products that fill the void of animal products such as eggs. Not only that, but many people have an allergy to eggs. Just Egg allows anyone with an allergy or dietary restrictions to enjoy the same flavor and texture as real eggs.
Are Just Eggs Healthy?
Unlike real eggs, which have one single ingredient, egg, Just Egg has a combination of ingredients that give it a similar taste and texture. There are other plant-based egg substitutes on the market, and their ingredients vary, but Just Egg is the leader in popularity.
One of the main concerns with real eggs is their high cholesterol content. Just Egg has 0 milligrams of cholesterol compared to a real egg that has 208 milligrams of cholesterol. If high cholesterol is a concern, opting for Just Egg as a substitute will help reduce your overall cholesterol intake.
However, it’s not all good! Just Egg contains canola oil. Animal studies have linked canola oil with oxidative stress and increased inflammation.
Let’s take a look at the nutrition fact of Just Egg (a 3-tablespoon serving) versus one real egg.
|Just Egg Nutrition Facts||One Real Egg Nutrition Facts|
|70 calories||72 calories|
|5 grams of fat||5 grams of fat|
|0 grams of saturated fat||1.6 grams of saturated fat|
|1 gram of carbohydrates||0 grams of carbohydrates|
|0 grams of fiber||0 grams of fiber|
|5 grams of protein||6 grams of protein|
|0 grams of sugar||0 grams of sugar|
|170 milligrams of sodium||65 milligrams of sodium|
|0 milligrams of cholesterol||207 milligrams of sodium|
The major difference between Just Eggs and regular eggs is the amount of cholesterol. Calories, fat, and protein are all relatively similar. The health advice of the past advised against eating eggs due to their high cholesterol. However, a more recent study done in 2020 showed that eating one whole egg a day did not have a negative impact on overall heart health.
Health professionals from the Mayo Clinic advise that the main concern when it comes to your overall heart health and lowering your cholesterol is to reduce your overall intake of saturated fats, rather than reducing your intake of cholesterol. Although the two usually go hand in hand.
Nutritionists advise that if your main reason for using a plant-based egg substitute is to lower your cholesterol intake there is really no need to make the substitution. Real eggs are nutrient-dense, with vitamins such as A, D, E, B12, B5, B2, and minerals such as choline, iron, folate, phosphorus, selenium, and antioxidants.
But if you’re looking for the flavor and texture of eggs because you are plant-based or allergic to eggs, then plant-based eggs are a good substitution.
What Are the Benefits of Using Just Egg?
Easy and Convenient: For those that follow a vegan or egg-free diet, plant-based eggs are an easy and convenient source of protein. This store-bought product is ready to go with very little preparation needed. See directions for preparing scrambled Just Egg below.
Healthy Swap: While eggs are not a completely unhealthy option, plant-based eggs are a healthy swap for those that follow a vegan or egg-free diet. It is made with mung beans which gives the product the protein and texture of a real egg. With a similar amount of calories, fat, and protein, it is a healthy swap for the real thing.
Lower Environmental Impact: While personal health and convenience are something we more frequently consider, people are becoming more and more aware of the environmental impact of their food sources. While eggs do not have as high of an environmental impact as other animal products, it still leaves a larger footprint than their plant-based counterpart. The use of water and greenhouse emissions to produce eggs is much higher than it is to produce mung beans. The company Just Egg prides itself on being a more sustainable egg option. They estimate that 98% less water, and 83% less land to produce their product than it does to produce regular eggs.
Better for Animal Welfare: With the growing concern over animal welfare, more specifically the treatment of chickens in production facilities, using plant-based eggs reduces your personal impact.
What Are the Drawbacks of Using Just Egg?
While Just Egg is a healthy egg substitute in moderation, it is important to note that whole-food plant-based foods are the best for your health, rather than processed plant-based substitutes.
More Expensive: Just Egg is more expensive than a dozen eggs. The average cost is about $5. One bottle has 12 servings, so it is comparable to a dozen eggs. The average cost of a carton of eggs is about $3.50.
Smaller Serving: While 3 tablespoons are the equivalent of one egg, I find that a Just Egg serving is smaller than a large egg. I usually use 2-3 servings when I make my scrambled eggs.
Added Preservatives: While a regular egg is a whole food, plant-based eggs are not, and so they do include processed ingredients.
Does Just Egg Use Processed Ingredients?
Yes, Just Egg is considered processed food. It uses multiple ingredients rather than one ingredient. An egg is not considered a processed food because it is one ingredient from nature. This product uses added flavorings and additives, which I will explain in more detail below. While it is processed food, it is perfectly safe to enjoy in moderation.
Just Egg Ingredients
- Mung Bean Protein Isolate: Mung bean is the protein source in this product. When it says “protein isolate” that means that the protein was removed using water.
- Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil: Canola oil that has had the oil expressed from the seed using a machine.
- Corn Starch: Used as a thickening agent.
- Baking Powder: Helps to make the eggs fluffy.
- Dehydrated Garlic: Added for flavor.
- Dehydrated Onion: Added for flavor.
- Gellan Gum: A vegan ingredient that is used for binding and thickening.
- Natural Carrot Extractives: A natural coloring source.
- Natural Turmeric Extractives: A natural coloring source.
- Potassium Citrate: Used to regulate the acidity in foods.
- Soy Lecithin: Used as an emulsifier to help water and oil mix together.
- Tapioca Syrup: A common sweetener that is used as a substitute for other sweeteners.
- Natural Flavors: The challenge with anything that has “natural flavors” added as an ingredient is that it could be next to anything.
- Salt: For flavoring.
- Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate: An odorless white powder that is used as a food additive.
- Transglutaminase: A vegan ingredient that is used as a binding agent when cooking.
- Nisin: An antibacterial preservative that is used to prolong its good for date in the refrigerator.
Is Just Egg Vegan?
Here’s where it gets tricky. Just Egg does not contain any animal ingredients. Therefore, it’s technically vegan. However, it is not labeled as vegan. Instead, it is labeled as plant-based. Why? The product was tested on animals prior to being approved by the FDA. Since cosmetic products that are tested on animals aren’t considered vegan, then technically Just Egg is not vegan. Whether you choose to enjoy this product or whether you’re vegan is up to you and your personal vegan lifestyle.
Where to Buy Just Egg?
You can find Just Egg in most grocery stores where you would buy regular chicken eggs. It is sold at Whole Foods, Safeway, Albertsons, and many more.
How to Cook Just Egg
Like other liquid eggs, this vegan egg substitute can be scrambled, made into an omelet, and so much more. Here are the step-by-step instructions to scramble Just Egg.
Step 1: Heat a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add a teaspoon of olive oil.
Step 2: Once the pan is preheated for a minute or so, add a ¼ cup of Just Egg. Using a spatula move the eggs around until they are firm and scrambled.
Step 3: If you prefer, add some dairy-free cheese.
Other Vegan Egg Replacements
Just Egg is not the only plant-based egg replacement. There are others available. It is important to note that not all of these products taste the same, or have the same ingredients.