If you've discovered you or a loved one has allergies to organic beef, you may be wondering what's safe to eat. This article discusses this food allergy and what to do and eat if you have this problem.
Beef Allergies Usually Include All Beef
Allergies to organic beef are not terribly common, and those who experience a bad reaction to organic meat should probably assume that they have a similar issue with the non-organic beef as well. Here's why.
Organic beef differs in that cattle raised on organic farms are not given hormones or antibiotics and are fed cleaner, more nutritious foods. The meat itself is basically the same. This means that if you have allergic reaction to the organic meat, you may very well have an allergy to all beef products.
Beef Products to Avoid
Hamburgers and steaks aren't the only foods to avoid if you have a beef allergy. Below are a few other foods to avoid.
- Jerky - Many types of jerky are made from 100 percent beef or contain a meat blend. Though the concentration of beef product may not be as high, this could still affect someone with beef allergy.
- Hot Dogs - To ensure that your hot dogs do not contain beef, be sure to read the labels. Some popular brands are made with beef or a beef and pork blend. Look for chicken, turkey, or all-pork hot dogs.
- Bologna - As with hot dogs, bologna is sometimes made with beef. Be sure to check the label if you are trying to avoid this.
- Potted Meats - Potted meats, such as Spam, may also contain beef. The ingredients list will show all of the individual foods within that product.
Tips for Dining Out
Depending on your level of food allergy, dining out can be somewhat stressful. Here are a few tips to help make this a little bit easier.
- Check out the menu. Many restaurants now post their menus online. This can save you a lot of time, if you are willing to take a little time beforehand to read through the menu. Most restaurants, even steak houses, will offer an array of foods for those that don't eat red meat or meat at all. Consider trying a fish or chicken dish.
- Call ahead. If you have a particularly sensitive allergy, cross contamination can be a real concern. If this is the case for you, you may want to call ahead and speak to the restaurant's manager or head cook. He or she should be able to address your concerns and come up with a solution. At the very least, you will be able to decide if it's a safe place for you to be dining.
- Try non-beef or non-meat restaurants. If you cross contamination is a major issue, it may be best to forego establishments that serve beef all together. Thankfully, there is a growing number of restaurants that cater to those eating a vegetarian or vegan diet, as well as specialty restaurants that serve delicious non-beef dishes, like chicken parmesan, deluxe roasted turkey sandwiches, and more.
Other Ideas for Beef Alternatives
If your allergy prevents you from socializing at local restaurants or with friends and family, consider these fun, non-beef tips.
- Meet family or friend for coffee instead of dinner.
- Host a beef-free party at your house.
- Grill beef-free hot dogs, ground turkey burgers, and corn on the cob at a local park.
Consult a Nutritionist
For more information on how to deal with allergies to organic beef, speak to a nutritional consultant. This professional can help you make dietary choices that make sense for your situation.