A heads up to all burger lovers: you now have another reason to ditch the burger patties this BBQ season!
New research has surfaced suggesting that up to 20 percent of the population might be sensitive to an allergen present in red meat. The compound, a type of complex sugar called alpha-Gal, doesn’t produce full-blown allergic symptoms but its latent action has been linked to an arguably far worse outcome: coronary heart disease.
In a recent study, the red meat allergen was shown to trigger significant changes to the immune system which contributed directly to the buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries. Out of the 118 adults part of the study, 26 percent showed a high presence of antibodies specific to a sensitivity to alpha-Gal. These people had arterial plaque buildups 30 percent higher in quantity compared to the other patients not sensitive to the allergen. Those arterial plaques were structurally unstable, a common hallmark of an increased chance of stroke and heart attack.
While this groundbreaking research only offers us preliminary data, it’s worth making a change and ditching meat. Want to give your heart a break? Try some delicious vegan burgers!
Here are a few of our recommendations:
Easy, quick, and delicious, our veggie burgers are perfect for your next BBQ!
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The Impossible burger has a magic ingredient ‘heme’ that makes it taste, smell, and “bleed” like meat. The Impossible Burger can be found in restaurants and grocery stores all over the US.
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Soy-free, GMO-free, and Gluten-Free, the Beyond Burger has all the meaty taste you want without any of the cons. You can find these burger patties in the meat section of your local grocery store if you are a US resident.
Will you give one of these vegan burgers a try this BBQ season? What do you think of these recent findings on red meat allergies?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments!