e University of California, San Diego has performed a study where it has discovered the culprit behind why eating red meat can lead to higher risk of cancer and it’s all connected with sugar.

The only animals that have a higher risk of cancer when it comes to eating red meat are humans are, because other carnivores eat red meat naturally with no ill side effects. The study was published December 29 in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” and managed to discover that a unique sugar named Neu5Gc, found in most mammals but not in humans, triggers an immune response that in turn causes inflammation.

Ajit Varki, the leader of the study, explained the effect Neu5Gc had in mice: “Until now, all of our evidence linking Neu5Gc to cancer was circumstantial or indirectly predicted from somewhat artificial experimental setups … This is the first time we have directly shown that mimicking the exact situation in humans – feeding non-human Neu5Gc and inducing anti-Neu5Gc antibodies -increases spontaneous cancers in mice.”

This particular sugar can be found in types of red meat (using the nutritional definition of red meat, which includes pork and other livestock), cow’s milk and certain cheeses. Our bodies can’t produce this sugar naturally, so unfortunately, when it is absorbed into our tissues, it is seen as a foreign invader. This then leads to the activation of our immune systems and inflammation appears as a result.

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Inflammation is not a great thing and it gets worse. If the immune system is subject to Neu5GC frequently, chronic inflammation will appear. This inflammation can then lead to cancer. People who consume red meat regularly will definitely suffer a stronger reaction than those who ingest red meat on an occasional basis.

Other animals, strict carnivores that can make the Neu5GC sugar can eat red meats, while humans, who are not being strict carnivores, can’t. Humans must avoid red meat consumption or face inflammation and possible cancer. Reducing red meat ingestion will boost health.

If you somehow believe that eating red meat every day (even if it is grass-fed) isn’t a bad thing, now you have the proof. It seems that humans aren’t built to be true carnivores!

Source: http://www.worldofhealthandwellness.com/

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e University of California, San Diego has performed a study where it has discovered the culprit behind why eating red meat can lead to higher risk of cancer and it’s all connected with sugar. The only animals that have a higher risk of cancer when it comes to eating red meat...