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A Glimpse Into Alpha-gal Syndrome, also known as “Red Meat Allergy”

What food and nutrition practitioners need to know about this emerging health condition.

Detected within the last two decades, Alpha-gal Syndrome (AGS) is a series of allergic reactions to the Alpha-gal carbohydrate present in non-primate mammalian meat and derivative products, such as dairy, gelatin and collagen. AGS is transmitted to humans by ticks, with the Lone Star tick believed to be responsible for most cases in the United States. However, cases have been reported in every country except Antarctica, leaving other species of tick as potential transmitters.

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