The E. coli Risks of a Red Meat Diet
Steady Meat Diet Makes People More Susceptible to E. coli Food Poisoning, Study Shows
Source of Article: http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/food-poisoning/news/20081029/e-coli-risks-of-a-red-meat-diet
By Caroline Wilbert
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
Oct. 29, 2008 -- Red meat lovers face a double whammy when it comes to E. colifood.
Not only does the bacterium that causes people to get sick often come from red meat, but a new study also suggests that a regular diet of red meat can make people more susceptible to E. coli. The study was published in Nature.
get infected with certain types of E. coli when they are in contact
with infected feces of humans or animals. Infection can happen in several
ways; a common way in the
The E. coli produce a toxin that causes serious illness in the body. The researchers found 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.