Friday, October 03, 2008

How can someone be allergic to meat? (article)

I ran across this posting today on, which I frequent for food ideas and to find out the truly trendy restaurants in LA to avoid. :) One of the editors, Michele Foley, queried "How can someone be allergic to meat?" because it certainly sounds weird since meat allergy is not as common as the top eight allergies in the US. Here's the article.

What I found interesting was that the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine OR the Food Allergy Research and Resource Program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln supports that those allergic to beef can eat it IF IT'S COOKED THOROUGHLY. Hm. It was my understanding that an offending food allergen is ALWAYS a protein, and remains there, whether the food is cooked or not. Does this rule only apply to beef? Has anyone experienced this themselves? Chicken is the only meat I'm allergic to, and the few times I've tasted post-Discovery it it has always been very thoroughly cooked, and, yes I had a reaction.

Anyone have an experience to share? I'm dying of curiosity.


5 Foot Firecracker said...

I just wanted to respond to your meat question. I'm not really sure about a meat allergy because I'm not familiar with that, but I do know that I am allergic to a lot of vegetables if they are raw. People with oral allergy syndrome can usually eat fruit or vegetables after they have been cooked for a long time because when it is cooked, the protein is never gone, but it is broken down. I have to boil my vegetables for at least an hour in order for me not to get a reaction from them. My reaction to vegetables never turns into anaphalaxis though so that might be why I can tolerate the food after it has been cooked. I would never try that with soy or nuts because that would just end badly but maybe depending on how severe a person's reaction is, that will determine whether or not they could eat something if it was thoroughly cooked. I hope that helps!

Anonymous said...

We'll ask around. I don't recall anyone that we've catererd to (or their guests) having meat allergies - but, like I said, we'll ask around and come back to report our findings if we find out anything that will help you or anyone else stopping by your blog.

I do want to share this with you...
We’ve truly hit paydirt here!

I thank you PROFUSELY for sharing your personal food allergy history a.) with everyone visiting your blog on the Net and b.) as a result, providing the great information that you do!

I hope that you won’t mind... but, we're planning to refer to your blog to help us better understand our clients; people that we serve here in Metro-Detroit - in catering to them.

Your blog can help us to help (and hopefully change, even if just a little bit) the lives of those that we serve in the food allergy community for the better.

We're SO GLAD that we found you!

Thank you, Kishari, for helping us to help people.

Carlo At Your Service Productions

Anonymous said...

just found you!
I have a latex allergy, negative on the blood tests, but the allergists agree that history makes it a Definite.
I have MANY of the cross reaction food allergies.
Starting to find out, that I maybe allergic to almost all fruit. (So much for healthy eating . . . maybe that explains the weight gain!)
Cooking: I have a strong skin reaction to raw tomatoes and NO reaction to cooked . . . catsup, sauces, etc.
On the other hand, I have a very mild, if any, too raw bell peppers, and a very strong reaction to cooked peppers.
My reactions seemed to excellerate after extended exposure to Neoprene. (You are suppose to use neoprene if you are allergic to Latex!! unless of course you are also reacting to a common processing chemical.) It took me three months, 3 courses of Pred., and my face melting to figure it out!


Amanda said...

I just found your blog and am enjoying it! I recently discovered an allergy to cow's milk, oats, wheat, corn, celery, carrots, apples, barley, and green beans. I already knew I had an allergy to shellfish, walnuts/pecans. I also have to avoid anything in the sage family which includes rosemary, basil, mint, etc.

So perhaps an allergic reaction to the meat could be in the spices and seasoning.

Also, my allergy/immunology doctor said that some people, very rare, are allergic to chicken. She said it was more common among Asian people but it is a possibility.

Thanks for providing a great blog!

Anonymous said...

I have a friend who can't eat chicken because she reacts to the corn the chickens are fed.

Anonymous said...

Allergies have no beginning or end, people can suddenly be allergic to foods previously tolerated. To answer your meat question (partially), my milk allergic toddler developed an allergy to beef! According to her allergist, this is possible in about 20-30% of population with moderate to severe milk allergy.

Anonymous said...

First, I must say that your blog is amazing. Our experiences with multiple food allergy are fairly similar.

My doctor told me that meat allergy (especially to chicken or beef) is more common than one might think. He also thinks that it can cause serious stomach problems due to a condition called eosinophilic gastroenteritis, which I unfortunately have. It's often a result of allergy, and can be mistaken for IBS.

Have a great weekend, and stay safe!

Anonymous said...

I'm enjoying your blog. We seem to have similar experiences with multiple food allergies!

My doctor told me that meat allergy (especially to chicken or beef) is more common than one might think. It's also linked to eosinophilic gastroenteritis, a rare condition that I unfortunately have. In my case, it's caused by multiple food allergies.

Have a good weekend!

Anonymous said...

Hello - I just found your blog and wanted to chime in. I discovered last year that I am allergic to the hormones and antibiotics fed to cattle, and am therefore allergic to most standard beef sold in the US. I can eat anything organically grown (duck, turkey, locally grown chicken), but can tell IMMEDIATLY when I've eaten "bad" meat.

Anonymous said...

there is definitely such a thing as meat allergies. I, myself, experience more migraines, severe depression (suicidal thoughts) & extremely painful digestive issues (explosive & painful diarrhea & vomiting). The rarer the meat is the worse the depression becomes & the more cooked it is the worse the digestive symptoms

Kalimah Priforce said...

I was born allergic to all forms of meat. Doctors didn't make the connection until I was 7 ears old.= so I've been a vegetarian for over 24 years.

Anonymous said...

I am allergic to meat as well as many other forms of foods. My meat allergies started very recently. I can't eat land meat and I can't eat seafood. I had a severe reaction to tilapia and I've stopped eating all forms of seafood from my diet since. I don't believe that I'm allergic to soy, but I can't eat vegan substitutes. Most of them contain oils and spices that I'm allergic to. I'm also allergic to mushrooms and most types of beans which narrows my diet further. The only food that is high in protein that I can handle is yogurt. I'm starting to think that I'm allergic to foods with high protein contents. Perhaps, I'm allergic to meat with antibiotics, growth hormones, and corn-fed. I have no way of knowing:/