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Gut bacteria eating red meat carnitine may be cause of heart disease

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Gut bacteria eating red meat carnitine may be cause of heart disease

paulj | Apr 7, 2013 06:57 PM

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-2204...
"Red meat chemical 'damages heart', say US scientists"

The proposed mechanism is that gut bacteria feeds on carnitine, producing a gas which is broken down in the liver into TMAO ( trimethylamine N-oxide). That in turn is linked to fatty deposits in the arteries.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnitine
has been updated to reference this study.

Quantity of carnitine per 100g
Beef steak - 95 mg
Ground beef - 94 mg
Pork - 27.7 mg
Bacon - 23.3 mg
Tempeh - 19.5 mg
Cod fish - 5.6 mg
Chicken breast - 3.9 mg

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