A meat allergy is quite specific. It has unpredictable consequences – it can provoke usual symptoms of eating disorder or intolerance and, as a rule. Usually, a temporary exclusion of meat from the diet put everything in its place. But sometimes negative manifestations after eating meat can be very serious – up to anaphylaxis. And then you can say for sure – it’s a meat allergy.
Symptoms and characteristics
An allergy to meat is a rare phenomenon because almost all potentially allergenic animal proteins in meat become non-hazardous after heat treatment. Therefore, only raw foodists and those who eat such dishes like “Tartar” (raw minced meat with seasonings and egg) predominately, suffer from it.
As a rule, an allergy to pork, chicken and horse meat is more common than allergy to beef and lamb, and especially to rabbit meat. Everything depends on the amount of protein in the meat of different animals. Main allergens in meat are serum albumin (protein) and gamma globulin. If a person has an allergy to these allergens, it can provoke a disruption of the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, occur rashes and itching, allergic rhinitis (rhinitis) and even attacks of suffocation (anaphylaxis). American scientists have proven that the cause of sudden attacks of anaphylaxis can be the substance called alpha-galactose that is contained in the meat. Anaphylaxis can exist in all mammals, but only in a human body antibodies can be produced. And the interaction of these antibodies with alpha-galactose can occur a strong allergy. And such a reaction can manifest quite unexpectedly and even not immediately after a meal, but after 5-6 hours.
Alternatives to meat
If you find out that you are allergic to meat, you need to understand what kind of allergy it is. It can be an allergy to animal protein or eggs. If you are allergic to animal protein, then the best diet for you is vegetarianism. And, if you do not refuse meat on personal beliefs, then you can try a sand-vegetarianism (refusing to eat an animal meat, but accept to eat a fish meat). Protein is necessary for the body. If you do not eat the animal protein, you can replace it with vegetable. Legumes, soy, and dairy products consist of it. If you are allergic to milk, then most likely, that you also have an allergy to beef. It happens that an allergy to one product entails an allergy to “related” products. The most allergen-free meat has turkey, lean beef, veal, edged pork, rabbit, diet sausage and boiled tongue. So as you can see, there’s always a way in every situation. The food and cooking methods are so varied that you will not even notice that there is one less dish in your menu.