Ticks can carry disease, such as Lyme disease. They are not good news for anyone. But this Lone Star tick carries a specific kind of sugar called "Alpha gal."
The Alpha gal sugar is not a naturally occurring sugar found in the human body, but it is found in all red meat, such as beef, and in pork and some dairy products.
When a human is bitten by a Lone Star tick, the tick injects the sugar into the victim. The human immune system reacts by building antibodies against the elements injected in the bite, including the Alpha gal sugar.
From then on, an allergic reaction occurs when the tick bite victim eats meat. Because of this, the victims of the Lone Star tick are forced into a life as a vegetarian.