Sugar molecule in meat linked to increased risk of cancer
New research published in the journal Glycoconjugate suggests Neu5Gc poses a significant health risk. Neu5Gc, a non human sialic acid sugar molecule common in red meat and dairy has been linked to an increased risk of tumor formation in humans.
The researchers from The University of California UC Davis School of Medicine and Xiamen University of Medicine, China report the levels of Neu5Gc found in pig organs, the spleen, liver, lungs, heart and kidneys were alarmingly high. The molecule increased even more when the organs were cooked.
Frederic A Troy ll, professor at The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine said "Although we do not know quantitatively what levels trigger an immune response, if you are going to eat organ meat you are going to have a potentially greater risk of certain inflammatory diseases."