A new study has come out saying its the amino acid Carnitine, commonly found in red meat, which leads to CHD via an altered gut biome which alters the way your body handles cholesterol supposedly. Any thoughts on this subject? The article is here, and they link to the study (free) http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-carnitine-heart-disease-microbiome-20130408,0,6081972.story . If this has been asked before I'll close my question, but it's definitely new and different than the previous research regarding the health benefits/costs of red meat in that instead of focussing on fat it's the amino acids (which I find particularly interesting) and gut biome they're focussing on. Thoughts? Critiques? Explanations?
asked byStephen_4 (10989)
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on April 16, 2013
at 03:36 AM
There are quite a few questions on this study already.
I think one of the most powerful critiques for this study is that the sample size is SIX people. The "control group", vegetarians whose gut flora is not altered by heavy meat eating group, consists of only ONE person. There is no statistical significance that can come from this.
While it may be worth investigating, I think it's their duty to further experiment before they write the study, not ours.