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Pork Sensitivity

Pork, the other white meat, is America’s third favorite meat-especially when you factor in bacon. Whether in a club sandwich, on the side of a sunny-side up egg, or simply as a snack, Americans love some bacon. But it doesn’t always sit right. Could it be due to a food intolerance or sensitivity to pork?

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.

Pork-Cat Syndrome

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.

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The Premium Food Sensitivity Test measures your IgG reactivity to 200 foods and drinks. Get answers on which foods could be triggering your IBS symptoms, headaches, bloating, tiredness, and more.  Simply collect your finger-prick blood sample at home. Mail it to our laboratory for testing. Then receive your results online within 7 days!

  • 200 ingredients tested
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  • Clear, color-coded results show your IgG reactivity score for each ingredient

Customers must be aged 18 years or over to take this test. For under 18s, take our
Junior Food Sensitivity Test. This test is not available to customers who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Pork Sensitivity Symptoms

Pork sensitivity symptoms may not be as severe or life-threatening as a pork allergy, but they can be very uncomfortable as it affects your digestive system and can cause other symptoms as well.

Pork sensitivity may present itself in the following ways:

Abdominal Pain
Bloating

Nausea

Diarrhea

Fatigue

Skin problems

Headaches
Low mood

Some of the symptoms above can also be present if pork is not prepared properly and thus causing food poisoning rather than a food sensitivity. It’s very important to ensure you’re eating well-cooked pork meat for this reason. Food intolerance or sensitivity symptoms, on the other hand, will occur more often than a one-off, so it’s a good idea to keep a food diary to help keep track of when your body reacts poorly to certain foods and to determine whether a food sensitivity test is necessary to understand your digestive issues.

Testing for Pork Sensitivity

In order to find out whether your symptoms are indeed tied to a pork sensitivity, we recommend taking a food sensitivity test to determine whether a sensitivity to pork is to blame and whether there are other ingredients that are also affecting you at meal times. At YorkTest, we analyze your IgG antibodies 1-4 through a finger prick blood sample, one of the most accurate methods of testing available. 

The blood test can identify over 200 ingredients to which you may have food sensitivities and their severity in an easy-to-understand traffic light system. Once you have your results, our team can help guide you to understand your food sensitivities, as well as advise on how to interpret your results in your everyday diet, and make your food elimination diet journey easier. For more in-depth assistance and advice, we recommend booking a consultation with one of our highly qualified nutritional therapists.

How long will a pork sensitivity last?

Pork sensitivities are not necessarily lifelong. Through careful elimination diets, you may be able to reintroduce pork into your regular diet with time. An allergy, on the other hand, can never be overcome and in some severe cases, can induce life-threatening reactions. For allergy we always recommend seeking professional medical advice to make sure your body is getting the nutrition it needs.

Foods to avoid with a pork sensitivity

Staying away from pork products isn’t always as easy as eliminating the meat. There are other items to avoid until your symptoms subside that you may not have thought of previously as they may contain animal fats. That’s why it’s always important to read through food labels.

Some foods to avoid include:

  • Bacon
  • Jello
  • Gravy
  • Marshmallows
  • Chips
  • Fruit snacks
  • Canned biscuits
  • Gelatin
  • Pre-made pie shells
  • Deli meat
food diary elimination diet

If you suspect you have an underlying food sensitivity, a Premium Food Sensitivity Test may help you in gaining back control of your health and improve your relationship with food. With your test results in hand and in line with your doctor’s advice, you can go on to a successful elimination diet, making the right food swaps to put you at ease.

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