Researchers Discover New Way Meat Causes Heart Disease

This is such important information and it’s wonderful that an organization like PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) continues to keep people informed about how addressing your eating habits can make a big difference in your quality of life.

Twenty-eight years ago, while chairman of the Cleveland Clinic’s Breast Cancer Task Force, general surgeon Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., grew disappointed in the way he and his colleagues were treating cancer and heart disease. Read more about Dr. Esselstyn…

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Researchers Discover New Way Meat Causes Heart Disease

People who eat meat produce more artery-clogging intestinal byproducts than people who follow vegan and vegetarian diets, according to a new study from the Cleveland Clinic. Researchers followed 2,595 heart patients and categorized them as omnivores, vegans, or vegetarians and found that those who consumed the most carnitine, present in animal products, increased their risk for heart disease by producing more artery-clogging metabolites. This study lends insight into other components of meat products, besides saturated fat and cholesterol, that may elevate the risk of heart disease.

Koeth RA, Wang Z, Levison BS, et al. Intestinal microbiota metabolism of L-carnitine, a nutrient in red meat, promotes atherosclerosis. Nat Med. Published online April 7, 2013.

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