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Saturday
Apr202013

More Confusion about Red Meat

This past week, two opposing research studies were published. The first got major press and might sound familiar. It suggested eating red meat could cause heart disease because it contains the nutrient l-carnitine, which the researchers believed would cause a change in gut bacteria, which in turn would produce something called TMAO. TMAO is associated with higher levels of heart disease. Notice, nothing about that chain of sentences said red meat causes heart disease, although that’s what news headlines suggested based on this particular study, which was published on April 7, in the journal Nature Medicine. Five days later, the second study came out and received little to no press. On April 12, Mayo Clinic Proceedings released the results of a meta-analysis (a study of all quality studies) on l-carnitine, finding l-carnitine “significantly improves patient outcomes following heart attack.” Confused yet? Let’s break it down.

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Saturday
Apr072012

Will Eating Red Meat Really Kill You?

The news was recently on fire with headlines declaring red meat consumption raises the risk of death. Pretty scary stuff! No doubt, some of those who just heard or read the headlines have become terrified at the thought of eating red meat. Each year a new study seems to say something along these same lines. Though the headlines draw attention, such sensationalized sound bites could be worse for peoples’ health than the information found in the stories they promote.

Before you stick your nose up at sirloin or blow off other cuts of beef, you should understand what the study showed. Even if you just don’t like to eat red meat, you’ll know the truth so you can share it with your friends.

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