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September 2013 Issue

Gut Bacteria Is a Culprit in Red Meat Heart Risks

Saturated fat and cholesterol may not be the only culprits behind the heart disease risks from eating lots of red meat; the gut bacteria found in the intestines of meat eaters may be to blame. According to a new Cleveland Clinic study released in Nature’s Medicine, consumption of carnitine, a non-essential amino acid, is linked to increased levels of gut bacteria that put individuals at risk for disease. Carnitine is found primarily in red meat, and in smaller amounts in chicken, fish, and dairy.

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