Since my dad died of heart disease at 47, I am always interested in how our diets impact our health. I will write more about this later, but in the meantime, please take five minutes to read about this important study by the Cleveland Clinic. It may not be the fat in red meat that is the big culprit clogging our arteries.
“According to the researchers, an earlier study found that a compound called trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) may promote the growth of artery-clogging plaques. TMAO is formed when bacteria from our digestive tract breaks down a compound found in meat known as carnitine. Diets high in meat promote the growth of a gut bacteria that breaks down carnitine, the researchers explained, which leads to more TMAO, which in turn leads to atherosclerosis.”