By Ryan Jaslow
The link between red meat and heart disease risk is nothing new, but a new study shows the reason behind the risk may not be what doctors have long thought.
Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic have discovered it’s not the saturated fats or cholesterol from a fatty steak that’s triggering heart problems, but a chemical process involving gut bacteria and a compound found in meat called carnitine that may be to blame.
“Carnitine metabolism suggests a new way to help explain why a diet rich in red meat promotes atherosclerosis,” study author Dr. Stanley Hazen, section head of preventive cardiology and rehabilitation in the Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, said in a written statement.
Atherosclerosis is a disease of the arteries where plaque builds up, preventing oxygen-rich blood from flowing to organs and other parts of the body. This could lead to heart attacks, strokes and death.
By Laura Smith-Spark and Barbie Latza Nadeau, CNN
Dressed all in white and looking serene, the pope used his last general audience to call for a renewal of faith and speak of his own spiritual journey through eight years as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
As he finished, cheers erupted from the tens of thousands gathered in the square — acknowledged by Benedict with an open-armed embrace.
But MacFarlane’s hosting job got mixed reviews from viewers at home.
“When Daniel Day-Lewis tells better jokes in 3 minutes than Seth MacFarlane does in 3 hours, you know it’s been a great #oscars,” one viewer tweeted after Day-Lewis took home the Oscar for Best Actor.
“Deny. Deny. Wait until I die!”
God bless victims of the current storms.
(Global warming. I’m just saying…)