Meat Allergies

by Guest Writer

By Karen Blue
Meat Allergies in general, are fairly uncommon. However reactions can range from anaphylactic to digestive issues.

Avoiding certain meats may be more complicated if you are extremely sensitive, for instance, even certified vegan products can be made on the same line as meat and milk products. People who avoid meat, for religious reasons, often have certification measures that are more restrictive.

For Jews not eating pork is the most observed kosher practice. Muslims consider eating products derived from pork violation of their dietary laws as well. Muslims mark products that comply with their dietary laws as Halaal meaning “lawful” or “permissible”. The foods that meet Jewish dietary laws have Kosher labeling. Both are “pork free” with almost no cross contamination issues with pork.

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Jewish people who observe dietary laws do not mix milk and meat. If you are also allergic to milk, be aware that in Jewish law, a food product may be considered pareve, if it contains a very small amount of milk. Food marked parve could potentially have enough milk protein in it to cause a reaction in a milk-allergic person.

Most halaal gelatin is made from beef not pork so it can not be considered vegetarian.
Hidden Pork usually in the form of gelatin includes marshmallows, candies, ice cream, jello, vaccines. There are vegan and Halaal variations of marshmallows, jello and other foods. Making Vegan marshmallow or gelatin is difficult to make, and also hard to find.

Karen Blue runs the avoiding milk protein website.

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1 lisa near trenton nj usa May 11, 2012 at 21:16

When i eat corn my body attacks the cartilage mainly in my knees. When i eat soy, instant migraines with cerebral swelling, which only started after the first time i tried Singulair. I have a redundant colon which i think my body grew to save me from gluten. If i slip up and eat gluten i get ibd-c. Every time i finish a course of antibiotics i become allergic to a new protein. This is because the meds killed my good enzyme-making gut flora. Sometimes i can get back “lost” protein by eating a tiny amount once a week and build up immunity over time . I’ve got to stop deluding myself. Right now it’s pork.


2 Jess June 2, 2012 at 22:34

I have never been able to eat any red meat – when I do the roof of my mouth & my throat get’s itchy, asthma starts acting up, etc. When I was little I was also allergic to eggs (not anymore). If someone is cooking red meat on a frying pan inside – the same thing happens. I have never seen a doctor for this – too afraid that they are going to tell me it’s a mental thing. I have gone through life just telling everyone “I’m allergic to all meat except for chicken” (I can eat turkey but not a fan of it).

So basically what I am asking is – is there a blood test or something that I can specifically ask for to confirm my allergy? My husband thinks it is mental – and I would love to prove him wrong :)


3 Jen December 25, 2012 at 10:02

Nope not mental. Find an allergy doctor familiar with alpha gal allergy and get an alpha gal blood panel test. I bet you are positive which means No red meat.


4 Lisa July 6, 2012 at 01:34

Everytime I eat pork,or beef I get these real bad headaches that last non stop that I can;t get out of bed for being so sick, I never had to turnn down neat before this is going to be real hard, The headaches are like I want to pull my hair out now evevyone looks at me like what about ua, because I do all the cooking in my house, I like meat but I can’t stand the painful heads, my arms goes numb when it happens, I’ve been crying for the last couple of days, because I don’t know where to turn.


5 Lisa July 6, 2012 at 01:36

Please tell me what to do next. because I’m so confused.


6 Allergy Guy July 15, 2012 at 12:23

You’re best bet is to avoid meat.


7 Crystal July 24, 2012 at 17:22

I just found out I have a beef allergy. Wow, I have never heard of that. But all my life have had problems with certain food and cosmetic. Like sunscreen, lipsticks and shampoos. Do these use beef by-products? Can anyone tell me what label names to look for. I have found Gelatin and Tallow. What are the hidden label names. What else do I need to look for. Do they have to label it has animal ingredients.


8 Danielle October 1, 2012 at 00:43

I have been not feeling well for a couple of months now. Had severe hives sore when I scratched and the doctors had no answers. I was put on a prednisone pack which helped and now symptoms returned . Then got really sick again after I ate a burger. It hit me! I googled my symptoms and found this sight !! THANK YOU ALL !!! I now can go to my specialist and show him this and get some right answers !!! Thank you all again !


9 Allergy Guy October 1, 2012 at 10:00

I suggest you cut out meat for a while and see if it makes you feel better. That may give you all the answers you need. Doctors will not necessarily take an article on a site like this and decide to see the light! You don’t need a doctor’s permission to change your diet! Good luck.


10 Delores March 15, 2014 at 21:07

For the past several years I have had a serious problem digesting red meat any kind of beef products and a lot of times I am lactose intolerant. I had never heard of being allergic to beef is it possible?


11 Elisabeth July 4, 2014 at 20:15

I am also reacting to meat. My brain goes dead and I cannot think at all (also numb). In addition, the right side of my body goes weird. It is not just with meat, either. It seems to be with any protein (lentils). Can someone be allergic to protein? Is this a gut issue? I have already diagnosed myself as Histamine Intolerant (others might want to look this up–it seems like some of you might have this issue, causes a lot of problems including headaches, rashes, etc.). But, I am following the Low-Histamine Diet and still have problems with protein. I did see one Low-Histamine Diet that says not to eat any meat at all. I’ll try that and see if it improves. This is a very restrictive diet, but if it helps, I’ll do it. I’ve been very ill for three years. Please, everyone, check out Histamine Intolerance. It looks as though some of you may be suffering from this. I don’t know if the dead-head issue with me is also connected to this, but I’ll go meat-free (and protein) for a few days and see how it goes. But, how can we live without protein? The Low-Histamine Diet also bans most dairy, nuts, seeds, legumes and many more protein foods.


12 Allergy Guy July 7, 2014 at 22:16

Thanks for sharing, Elisabeth.

I share your concern for eliminating protein. Proteins are the building blocks of life, where as carbohydrates are the fuel, although proteins work pretty well as fuel also. Best to have a balanced diet.

But if you’re having a reaction to all these foods, I can see why you’d want to cut out proteins. I suggest you search for a complementary set of proteins that work for you, and find a doctor who can help you find out what is really wrong. Easier said than done and some doctors can send you off in the wrong direction, especially with food issues, but I do think you should try to get guidance on this. Also from a nutritionist, that could be very helpful.

Actually, I don’t think people become allergic to all proteins all of a sudden. Generally, it is one or more proteins that set off the immune system, but not all, so I wonder if you have some sort of imbalance, maybe micro-nutrients, vitamins, etc.


13 Elisabeth July 4, 2014 at 20:28

Hi, Elisabeth, again,
I just have a question for everyone. I read more comments here and found the tick connection About two years ago, I was tested for lyme disease, which came out negative. Is the alpha gal test different than the lyme disease test? As far as I know, I have not been bitten by a tick, but I do spend every summer at my mom’s cottage in the woods in Michigan, so I guess it’s a possibility. Does anyone know if the lyme disease test is the same or different from the alpha gal?


14 Jessica August 24, 2014 at 22:14

For me my issue is with all meats (chicken and fish are the worst) I have been hospitalized 3 times in the last 2 months because if accidental (secondary) exposure; could (would) the Alpha-Gal testing be dangerous for me or even apply to my issue? I’m having trouble finding answers.


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