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Study Finds Possible Cause Of Toxic Immune Reaction When Humans Eat Too Much Red Meat

December 29, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. scientists report in a mouse study that eating large amounts of red meat triggers a toxic immune response that causes inflammation and eventually cancer. The reaction is caused by a sugar contained in pork, beef and lamb, and present naturally in other carnivores. The human body, however, senses the sugar as a foreign invader, triggering the immune response. The scientists noted that eating small amounts of red meat – say, 2.5 ounces a day – provides good nutrition and should not be considered harmful. “We hope that our work will eventually lead the way to practical solutions for this catch-22," the researchers said.
Sarah Knapton, "Red meat triggers toxic immune reaction which causes cancer, scientists find", The Telegraph, December 29, 2014, © Telegraph Media Group Limited
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