Stomach cramps that occurs after eating turkey has various causes. The cramping is the initial sign if the individual is allergic to the meat, suspected with food poisoning or has intolerance.
If the individual repeatedly develops stomach cramps after consuming turkey, he/she is likely allergic or intolerant to the turkey or one of the ingredients used with the meat. If the cramping is an isolated event, it might be food poisoning. A doctor should be consulted so that the suitable treatment can be started.
Am I allergic to turkey?
Even though it seems odd, one might be allergic to turkey. Most cases of food allergies are triggered by hypersensitivity to the proteins present in food.
If highly sensitive to turkey, the reaction is likely linked to a hypersensitivity to the carbohydrates present in meat. When turkey is eaten, the immune system identifies the carbohydrates as a harmful substance even though safe for consumption. The reaction instigates other chemicals to react which results to common symptoms such as abdominal pain, stomach cramping and diarrhea.
The individual might be intolerant to any food including turkey. If intolerant, the GI tract has a hard time digesting the proteins in the meat. Almost anything ingested requires certain enzymes to break down the proteins and sugars to be absorbed by the body.
If the individual lacks the required enzyme to digest the proteins in turkey, swelling and inflammation might develop which results to gas, stomach cramps, nausea, bloating and diarrhea.
In isolated cases where stomach cramps develop 4-36 hours after eating turkey, it might be linked to food poisoning. This arises if the individual consumed food that is contaminated by parasites, viruses, toxins or bacteria.
Turkey that is poorly cooked, incorrectly handled or left at room temperature for a long time allows the growth of infectious organisms. If food poisoning is suspected, the symptoms might progress to diarrhea, vomiting, intense stomach cramps and pain for 1-10 days.