Finding It Hard to Become a Vegetarian? You May Only Be a Bite Away

Close-up of Lone Star tick. (Wiki)
Close-up of Lone Star tick. (Wiki)

That’s right, but that bite is… a tick bite!  

For hundreds of people across the United States, red meat is off the menu when they develop an allergic reaction after being bitten by the Lone Star tick.

Apparently, the Lone Star tick carries alpha-gal, a sugar found in red meat. It is harmless when ingested, but when it comes from a tick bite, the body’s immune system goes into code red, and after that—goodbye meat (unless you have a death wish).

If you want to know more about this vegetarian turning tick bite, Takepart has good coverage of it.

In conclusion, if you really want to give up red meat, but keep struggling with a lack of strong will, remember there is a tiny arachnid that could make it happen for you.

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