Research by the University of Adelaide claims a bacterial toxin, named Subtilase cytotoxin, targets human cells that express the sugar Neu5Gc, found in animal foods.
The study appears in October 30th edition of Nature, Newswise reports:
Remarkably, humans cannot make Neu5Gc, and so we should all be resistant to the toxin,” Professor James Paton says. “However, consuming foods that have high levels of Neu5Gc, such as red meat and dairy products, leads to uptake of the sugar by human cells and this makes them susceptible to attack by the toxin.
Of course the veggie-haters will say, “What about the spinach-E. coli scare.” Sorry, the spinach didn’t make the bacteria. It was pooped on by pork products.