Are You Allergic To Red Meat?

June 18, 2018

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There are several food allergies that affect many different people. While you may be familiar with the more common ones like shellfish, peanuts and milk, there are millions of Americans who may not be aware they have a sensitivity to red meat, which could be raising their risk of heart attacks or strokes, new research claims. It found that around 1.6 million Americans cannot digest red meat properly, which means they suffer a greater buildup of plaque in their arteries when they eat it. Scientist were able to isolate the culprit which is a complex sugar called alpha-Gal. For most, our immune system, creates antibodies to tackle this allergen but for others, it simply doesn't happen.  The results are gastrointestinal problems, diarrhea and vomiting, with occasional itching or swelling. What makes this especially troubling is that in another study, scientist found that bites from Lone Star ticks, commonly found in Texas and the southeast, can sensitize people through its bites; meaning you can become allergic to red meat by being bitten by this tick. While it has long been believed that red meat is linked to blocked arteries and plaque buildup, this is the first time a specific aggravating substance has been identified. Scientists say they need to further study this condition and possibly create a treatment but for now, here is no treatment for red meat sensitivity and the best way to avoid the affects is to avoid eating red meat.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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