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to call them stupid (rant! i wouldnt really)

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Verticalvenetianblinds Tue 25-Apr-17 07:34:56

Ds is nearly 2, and doesn't tolerate dairy. This isn't a problem until we go out to eat. Often choose locally run places, tend to lean towards to the organic/vegetarian/homemade type places as that's my preference. He'll eat anything so often shares mine, which I ask for with no butter. But recently hes decided hes a big boy now and doesn't want to share. This is an example of a regular and annoying occurrence:
He loves scrambled egg so I asked for that at a local cafe. Asked if it was possible to just scramble the egg, no milk or butter added -no problem she said. I went on to explain he doesnt eat dairy and she hesitated... I thought she was going to worry about cross contamination but no. Her question was 'but eggs are dairy'

Now my aibu is everytime this happens (which is half the time and we go out a couple of times a week) can I just smile and remind them of basic animal knowledge?
I'm sure there must be a witty reply I can use without making them feel dense.
(but seriously where the actual fuck do they think eggs come from?)

Auspiciouspanda Tue 25-Apr-17 07:39:16

You don't have to come up with anything witty just say 'eggs aren't dairy'

Damia Tue 25-Apr-17 07:39:29

I would probably say he's allergic to cows milk or something instead. It's obviously the word dairy bringing to mind a farm. They'd probably be worried about bacon too lol

EsmereldaMargaretNoteSpelling Tue 25-Apr-17 07:39:56

Save your energy and simply say "Actually they're not, so just the eggs please" It's going to be a long road, dont waste headspace! Some people don't want to understand and its not necessarily your job to educate the whole world. Protect your soon obviously, but don't make it more of a chore than it already is.

wictional Tue 25-Apr-17 07:43:23

(Scrambled) egg on my face! I work at a café and always point out to dairy-intolerant people that the food they're ordering contains eggs confused I always thought eggs were in the dairy triangle of food graphs!

I have a masters degree so I would hope I'm not stupid...

treaclesoda Tue 25-Apr-17 07:44:07

It never fails to amaze me how many people think eggs are dairy. It truly is one of life's great mysteries.

Is it because people have no connection with where their food comes from?

Moanyoldcow Tue 25-Apr-17 07:44:33

Not unless chickens are cows!

Empireoftheclouds Tue 25-Apr-17 07:45:29

Surely that's just one person? It's not going to be ongoing?

Sunshineandlaughter Tue 25-Apr-17 07:45:37

I would have thought eggs dairy too. So yes you are being unreasonable because it's you not explaining it properly - say he can't have anything with cows milk in instead

treaclesoda Tue 25-Apr-17 07:46:31

She shouldn't need to explain that eggs don't come from cows confused

RebelRogue Tue 25-Apr-17 07:46:58

Why do people believe eggs are dairy? What's the logic behind it?!?

luckylucky24 Tue 25-Apr-17 07:47:05

Sometimes things are obvious you overlook them.
Many people don't understand that white chocolate is not actually chocolate. I don't spend half my time educating them I just state the fact and move on!

Verticalvenetianblinds Tue 25-Apr-17 07:47:49

I never have the same problem when ordering spaghetti Bolognese, and that's got cow meat in it (it is just the milk he cant take)
My reply is often eggs don't come from cows, it just feels a bit rude!
Oh wictional have I just given you a light bulb moment?! (but thankyou to being considerate to us cmpa parents!)

Sunshineandlaughter Tue 25-Apr-17 07:48:14

No one thinks that eggs come from cows but eggs are frequently grouped in 'dairy' products - in supermarkets, in nutrition education etc so dairy often means more than just cows

Imfinehowareyou Tue 25-Apr-17 07:49:07

YANBU but I remember really clearly from school (and from teaching blush) a picture of eggs in the dairy section on a balanced plate picture. So we have all been taught this.

BoobleMcB Tue 25-Apr-17 07:49:39

Unless that particular cafe uses cows eggs...

treaclesoda Tue 25-Apr-17 07:49:54

White chocolate and chocolate is a bit different, since it is actually called chocolate, even if it's not.

Eggs aren't called dairy and aren't made from milk products.

Verticalvenetianblinds Tue 25-Apr-17 07:49:57

And it happens regularly (but not when I order black coffee noone ever checks if id would like an egg in thatgrin)

fuzzywuzzy Tue 25-Apr-17 07:51:27

I was taught at primary school that eggs were dairy.

I'm not stupid either, I guess people are just ensuring they're not putting your son at risk.

Imfinehowareyou Tue 25-Apr-17 07:52:10

Obviously that have now been updated with the eggs in the protein section. Maybe people are remembering getting their eggs delivered by the milkman? [Grin]

treaclesoda Tue 25-Apr-17 07:52:58

I've never seen a supermarket class eggs as dairy either. I've never even seen the eggs stored anywhere near the fridges in a supermarket.

In online shopping it might have 'eggs and dairy' as one of the menu options, but it also has things like 'rice and pasta' and no one argues that rice is actually classed as pasta.

Empireoftheclouds Tue 25-Apr-17 07:53:19

My reply is often eggs don't come from cows, it just feels a bit rude it's also a crap reply. If you want to educate people regarding what is and isn't dairy, then don't limit your information to cows

titchy Tue 25-Apr-17 07:53:31

Actually it's quite understandable - YABU.

You're assuming dairy means milk product, whereas a lot of people define dairy as milk AND EGG products. As others have said on food triangle illustrations eggs are usually in the dairy section.

Just say he's cows milk intolerant.

Sunshineandlaughter Tue 25-Apr-17 07:53:55

It happens to me too TBH - I say I'm vegetarian - they suggest fish. I just live with it and explain 'vegetarians don't eat meat or fish' or say (vegetarian - no meat or fish) hence yabu for not explaining it clearly

LauraMipsum Tue 25-Apr-17 07:55:57

When I did my food hygiene certificate (nearly 20 years ago so I have no idea if this is still taught!) eggs were placed in the "dairy" categorisation for things like which chopping board to use Vertical so that might be why people working with food conflate them.

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