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Red Meat, Energy Drinks Share Heart-Disease Culprit

Red Meat, Energy Drinks Share Heart-Disease Culprit

(NEWSER– Bad news for steak and energy-drink lovers: A new study published in Nature Medicine finds they share a common ingredient that leads to heart disease, the Wall Street Journal reports. Carnitine, a compound that helps the body metabolize fatty acids, is plentiful in red meat and is often found in energy drinks and dietary supplements. Researchers believe that bodies may be converting carnitine into TMAO, a compound that can thicken the walls of arteries. They found that the more TMAO in a person's bloodstream, the more likely they were to suffer heart disease, a heart attack, stroke, and death.

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