Animal-specific sugar may drive cancer risk in people who eat red meat

December 30, 2014 8:10 AM

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Animal-specific sugar may drive cancer risk in people who eat red meat

The researchers wanted to understand why people who eat a lot of red meat are at higher risk for certain cancers, while people who eat other types of meat are not.

The team first conducted a systematic survey of common foods and found that red meats - beef, pork and lamb - are rich in a sugar called Neu5Gc and provide the primary sources of this sugar in the human diet.

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