beef allergy!

Melanie - posted on 12/10/2008 ( 3 moms have responded )




Yep, a beef allergy. I had no idea that one could be allergic to beef. I guess that explains why the elimination diet didn't do much to relieve symptoms, I never thought to suspect beef. Anyhow, I'm wondering if anyone else is dealing with a beef allergy and has suggestions about what things might contain "hidden" sources of beef. Is gelatin beef or pork? anything else? Thanks, Melanie


Katrina - posted on 01/06/2009




My daughter is allergic to beef, peanuts/treenuts and fish/shellfish among many other things, but she has been able to tolerate dairy with no problem. We rely on pork, turkey, chicken or dairy as her protein sources because I am highly allergic to soy. Watch out for processed meats (hot dogs, sausages, etc) because they often have a blend of beef/pork. Also, some soup broths have surprised us by containing beef even if they are vegetable soups. I've heard mixed information about McDonalds and whether they removed the beef flavoring, but we avoid it to be on the safe side.

Also, we've been told that beef/dairy allergies are not related to the same proteins. Same with chicken/egg allergies. Maybe your allergist can give you more specifics...


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Jennifer - posted on 12/17/2008




SOrry, what a bummer. We don't have our reports back yet, but I am suspecting this with ds, and have heard of that allergy. Since we are milk allergic (cows milk), it stand to reason that the same proteins in beef cause the same reaction. Is your ds also dairy intolerant?

Don't know the hidden places, but that isn't on one of the allergen lists! (on the back of food labels).

Reading lables is making me loopy.


Jennifer - posted on 12/13/2008




My sister is allergic to beef as well as any animal that can walk (on land or water) and fish high on the food chain. So I know what it's like to have to look for that stuff. Anything that contains TALLOW has beef (including some homemade soaps). Also, the last I checked, McDonald's fries have flavoring that's beef sourced. Gelatin might be beef, but I don't remember for sure. I would suggest trying to go vegetarian just in case she develops other meat allergies. Soy is a good alternative (found in various non-tofu formats) and is a healthy lean protein.

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