The Cleveland Clinic says concern about a diet high in red meat may be warranted. The reason, however, is not what was previously thought.
Doctors have warned against consuming large amounts of red meat because of its high fat and cholesterol content which can lead to heart disease. Instead, this study has revealed carnitine as the real culprit. Carnitine is a chemical compound found in red meat, which promotes hardening of the arteries through the digestive process.
It is found naturally in beef, lamb, duck and pork, and can sometimes be found in energy drinks. Experts say more study is needed on the potential long-term health impact of carnitine.
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