Red Meat and TMAO: Cause for Concern, or Another Red Herring?


I’m sure many of you have seen reports on a recent study published in the journal Nature suggesting a possible mechanism linking red meat consumption to heart disease. The day after one such report was published in the New York Times, I received numerous emails and numerous Facebook and Twitter messages from concerned red meat enthusiasts. This is understandable, but rest assured it’s not yet time to switch over to soy burgers.

The researchers in this study published a paper a while back proposing that a chemical called TMAO (trimethylamine N-oxide) increases the risk of heart disease. In this study, they hypothesized that eating red meat may increase levels of TMAO in the bloodstream, which would in turn ramp up your chances of having a heart attack. Sounds plausible, right?

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The everlasting search for blaming meat for every disease known to man can only be explained from the political correct vegetarian dogma that eating meat is wrong coupled with the political correct dogma that eating meat is anti-social since there are so many starving people. On the last one can be short, they are starving because there are too many in one place with too little foodsources or too many in one place incapable to earn enough to pay for food. Not because of lack of food.

Time after time they come up with new ‘reasons’ why it’s bad for health so to scare people into eating less meat.
We’ve had the cancer scare, which was debunked because it wasn’t the meat that caused cancer but the baking/grilling. Now we have the artherosclerosis scare which is debunked all over the place but mostly by studies like these:

L-carnitine significantly improves cardiac health in patients after a heart attack, say a multicenter team of investigators in a study published today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Their findings, based on analysis of key controlled trials, associate L-carnitine with significant reduction in death from all causes and a highly significant reduction in ventricular arrhythmias and anginal attacks following a heart attack, compared with placebo or control.

Meat is good for your heart

2 thoughts on “Red Meat and TMAO: Cause for Concern, or Another Red Herring?

  1. Yes, I’m sure that eating meat, in moderation, is good for your health. It’s important to get as much variety in your diet as possible, in order to get complete nutrition. I suppose the concern in the United States is how much meat gets consumed, and the quality of that fast food, corn-fed, fatty meat. Partially converting towards vegetarianism has been proven to improve the health of many Americans – but that’s really a reflection of how unbalanced American diets are on average, rather than an injunction against all meat.


    • You are absolutely correct in your observation about vegetarianism in the USA. By avoiding all the processed meat and other mess the fastfood serves you sure do less damage to your health.
      In general a vegetarian diet is only feasible by taking vitamin/mineral supplements indicating that as a diet it is in principle unhealthy.
      Personally i eat 300 gr of raw lean beef with a good dollop of unfiltered freshly pressed oliveoil a day in my diet and sofar in excellent condition. The high nutritional density of meat is the reason why a herbivore isn’t the most intelligent creature on earth.


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