Mint that turns vegetarians: confirmation from new research

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Scientific confirmation comes from overseas concerning the existence of a tick capable of causing a real allergy to meat with its sting, thus forcing its "victims" to follow a vegetarian diet. In the United States, precisely because of the tick bite, some people would have already had to resort to a drastic elimination of meat from their diet.



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Scientific confirmation concerning the existence of one comes from overseas mint able to provoke a real allergy to meat with its sting, thus forcing its "victims" to follow avegetarian food. In the United States, just because of the tick bite, some people would already have had to resort to a drastic elimination of meat from their diet.

The experts wanted to investigate the phenomenon, which until now has affected the east coast of United States, as it has been identified as the most widespread area of ​​the mint. Until now, people who have been accidentally stung by it have manifested asudden meat allergy, capable of causing reactions such as urticaria e anaphylactic shock.

Last June, Dr. Commins, who dealt with the case, had already been able to examine 400 patients affected by the tick bite, recognizable by the presence of a white spot on its back, which distinguishes it from other parasites of the same family. Over the past few months, tick bite-related cases of meat allergy have further spread to the United States, generating greater attention from the scientific world.

Experts have been able to identify how the allergy to a substance present in meat, thealpha-galactose, have a32% higher incidence precisely in the areas of the United States where the mint is most widespread. Allergic reactions occur when people who are bitten by the tick eat meat. The signs of allergy can appear even after 6 hours and can include asthma, nausea, headache, hives and anaphylactic shock.

According to Dr. Stanley Fineman, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, other tick species may be capable of causing human allergy to alpha-galactose and there could be factors of the human organism capable of contributing to the triggering of the allergy.



The research findings were presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology annual meeting. The trigger mechanism the allergy will still need to be investigated and could be due to a enzyme contained in the tick's saliva same.


Marta Albè

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