Red Meat Diet Increases Food Poisoning

In the culinary department, red meat refers to red-colored meat when raw. In nutritional terminology, red meat refers to any meat that comes from mammals, particularly beef, pork, and lamb. While lean red meat is not only a good source of protein and energy, it also has benefits in avoiding heart disease. However, consumption of animal fat should be reduced overall.

Most often, red meat has been the subject of negative studies such as the bacteria that usually cause people to get sick come from, well, red meat. Moreover, "Nature" published a new study suggesting that a regular diet of red meat can make people more susceptible to E.coli.

Certain types of E.coli may infect people when they get in contact with infected feces of humans or animals. Infection may occur in different ways, including eating infected meat which is a common way in the United States.

The study suggests that when people eat red meat and dairy, they absorb a sugar molecule called N-glycolylneuraminic acid (Neu5Gc). The human body does not produce Neu5Gc.

E.coli produces a toxin that causes serious illness in the body. The study shows that a bacterial toxin called subtilase cytotoxin targets Neu5Gc. In lab tests, the potent bacterial toxin attached itself to cells that had been exposed to Neu5Gc, such as cells of the intestinal lining and in the kidneys.

Food poisoning from E.coli may cause inflammation and swelling of the stomach, small intestine and/or large intestine resulting in abdominal cramping, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and the chance of dehydration. A bloody diarrhea may lead to a potentially fatal disease called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which affects the kidneys.

For these reasons, it is important to eat only well-cooked red meat and pasteurized dairy products to avoid the dangerous bacteria that can cause E.coli food poisoning.

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