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Letter to the editor: Meat and heart disease

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 12:01 am

The new link between meat consumption and heart disease, discovered by Dr. Stanley Hazen of the Cleveland Clinic, is the latest evidence linking meat consumption to killer diseases that cripple, then kill, 1.3 million Americans annually. Hazen’s study showed that carnitine, an amino acid contained in all meat products, is a major factor in heart failure.

Similarly, an Oxford University study of nearly 45,000 adults in last January’s American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vegetarians were 32 percent less likely to be suffer from heart disease than people who ate meat and fish.

A Harvard University study of 37,698 men and 83,644 women, in last April’s Archives of Internal Medicine concluded that meat consumption raises the risk of total, heart and cancer mortality.

Kim Teague