What is pork sensitivity?
A food intolerance or sensitivity occurs when your digestive system reacts adversely after eating a certain food-in this case, pork. While food allergies and food sensitivities are rare for meat – including chicken, beef, and lamb- it is possible. Meat proteins can trigger IgG sensitivities which can be picked up through a food sensitivity test.
Pork allergy symptoms can be similar to that of pork sensitivity, so it can sometimes be difficult to determine whether the reaction to pork is one over the other, making testing all the more important to understanding your gut.
It’s also worth being aware of a rare, but very real, condition called pork-cat syndrome. This is where someone with a cat allergy also experiences allergy symptoms when eating pork. In those cases, research indicates that the body’s IgE antibodies (part of the immune response to an allergic reaction) cross-react to both cat albumin and pork albumin. As with all food allergies, this can cause a serious, and even life-threatening, reaction. You should seek immediate medical advice if you suspect you have a severe allergy.