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Researchers try to explain link between red meat and cancer

A new research states that the presence of a type of sugar in red meat could be the main cause behind high risk of cancer associated with consumption of red meat.

A new research states that the presence of a type of sugar in red meat could be the main cause behind high risk of cancer associated with consumption of red meat.

Researchers at the University Of California San Diego Medical School have found a sugar called Neu5Gc that might play a tumor-forming role. The sugar is generally found in mammals, and not in humans.

In the study, the researchers fed this type of sugar to mice with sugar shortage. It was made sure that the mice were not exposed to carcinogens, and it was found that the mice exposure to Neu5GC promotes cancer.

The study researchers concluded that this sugar enters human tissues, leading to inflammation in the immune system of the body.

 

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