Can I Be Allergic to Gelatin?


While it is rare, gelatin allergies can occur. Gelatin, or hydrolyzed animal protein, is a protein from animal collagen used in manufactured foods. It can be used as a stabilizing agent in a wide range of food, medications, and cosmetics. Symptoms of gelatin allergies are hives, low blood pressure, runny nose, dizziness, and anaphylaxis. If you have a gelatin allergy, it may be more challenging to avoid than other food allergies.

Foods that have gelatin include:

  • Marshmallows

  • Cereals

  • Candies (gummies, etc)

  • Cheesecake

  • Instand Puddings (Jell-O)

  • Soft Drinks

  • Ice Cream

  • Yogurt

Vaccines that have gelatin

  • Influenza

  • Measles

  • MMR (mumps and rubella)

  • Varicella

  • Diphteria

  • Tetanus

  • Pertussis (DPT)


Image Source

 If you believe you or your child may have gelatin allergies, contact your doctor immediately. Gelatin allergies can only be detected via food allergy tests. Since a lot of vaccines have gelatin, it is very important to communicate with your doctor to see if you or your child may get vaccines.

Gelatin is hard to avoid in store bought products, but there are alternatives that can be used in gelatin's stead. Always work with your doctor to find out what foods will be best for you or your child's needs.

  • Agar Agar

  • Carrageenan

  • Vegetable Gums

  • Pectin

Do you know someone who has gelatin allergies? What other allergies should we write about? Comment below and share your stories with us! Share this blog with someone who wants to learn about gelatin allergies!