Become vegetarian with the lone star state, the tick that causes allergy to meat
Become vegetarian. Researchers at Vanderbilt have identified the cause of the wave of “involuntary vegetarians” on the east coast: causes an allergic reaction when you eat meat.
How to turn an irreducible meat lover in a docile vegetarian? Locking the passion for grilling steaks, sausage and ribs, the pork for sandwiches and platters of cold cuts? Just recently, responding to researchers at Vanderbilt University. It is not about preaching about the dangers of animal fat on cholesterol levels: we can write (alas) being bitten by a small brand called Lone Star State, as the nickname of Texas, which causes an allergic reaction so strong and durable to prevent the consumption of red meat.
The tick (“bug” write American newspapers), according to the Washington Post, is creating a wave of “involuntary vegetarians” along the east coast of the United States, sending even thousands of Americans in the emergency rooms of hospitals. The most common symptoms – after being bitten and had eaten the flesh – are shivering, respiratory problems, a drop in pressure and even anaphylactic shock. In theory everything passes with simple antihistamines, but the fear is so great, especially that of suffocation, as well as the risk of a relapse.
Result: carnivores turn into vegetarians.
According to medical experts at Vanderbilt, everything is linked to a sugar called “alpha-gal” the Lone Star State have it, and forward it, but is absent in the human body. The same sugar is in the beef and pork, but usually does not bother to digestion. But in cases of puncture, the immune system creates antibodies to protect itself from the substance, which are then activated in the event of subsequent ingestion of red meat, causing the allergic reaction.
It was not easy to discover the treacherous role of the brand, because the allergic reaction takes place from 4 to six hours after consumption. But a few years ago the experts were looking for the mystery, and now finally have discovered the reason. It is still unclear whether the risk of a relapse allergic lifelong But at Vanderbilt said to be very cautious.
“Just another bite – they say – to be forced to give up hamburgers and steak”