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A sugar helps E. coli go down

Sugar present in red meat and dairy found to be a risk factor for E. coli infection

1:25pm, October 29, 2008

Some harmful strains of E. coli might rely on something sweet to do harm.

Taking a bite out of a favorite hamburger could mean absorbing a foreign sugar that can put a person at risk for future bouts of diarrhea-causing strains of E. coli – even if that burger doesn’t host the E. coli strains.

A study published online October 29 in Nature presents results from lab work suggesting that foodstuffs such as red meat and dairy products contain sugar molecules not naturally produced in the human body which toxins from E. coli bacteria may bind to, triggering the pathway that causes disease.

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