What percentage of U.S. lambs are infested with toxoplasma parasites?
Next up, lamb chops. The prevalence of the parasite toxoplasma in lambs destined for human consumption in the USofA. USDA researchers obtained the hearts of 383 lambs on the day of killing. So for those who think the USDA doesn’t a heart? Wrong—they’ve got 383!
What do you think they found? Greater than 50% infested? Or less than half?
The good news, is that it was less than 50%--only about 1 in 6 U.S. lambs are actively infected. The bad news is that 10% of Americans are currently infected with this brain parasite. That means odds are we all know people who have a battle going on inside their skulls between their immune system and these toxoplasma parasites, which have been linked to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and Parkinson’s, but most people’s immune systems are able to keep them at bay.
Should our immune system start to seriously slip, though, they can infect our eyeballs, here’s a closeup. This is what it looks like in the brain of an adult. And this is what these parasites can do to the brains of our children.
No one, but particularly pregnant women, should eat undercooked meat.
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For more context, check out my associated blog post, Adding FDA-Approved Viruses to Meat.