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Research: Chemical in red meat may cause clogs in arteries

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New research released on Monday suggests a chemical found in red meat may be the culprit when it comes to clogged arteries.

For decades, doctors have said it's all about fat and cholesterol when it comes to red meat; however, this new study shows a compound called "carnitine" is what thickens the walls of your heart.

The compound is also sold as a dietary supplement and it's found in energy drinks. The study found patients with high levels of carnitine in their blood were more likely they were to develop cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, stroke and death.

This study is in line with other major studies focusing on the effects of eating red meat, this one just identifies a different cause. The Harvard School of Public Health reported last year that among 83,000 nurses and 37,000 male health professionals followed since the 1980s, those who consumed the highest levels of red meat had the highest risk of death.

That survey also found that one additional serving of red meat per day raised the risk of death by 13 percent.

FOX 9 news spoke with Dr. Courtney Baechler, a cardiologist at the Institute for Health and Healing, about the findings.

Watch the video for more information.

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