The Food Guys
8:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Carnitine

ball-and-stick model of the Carnitine molecule
Credit Marina Vladivostok

3/16/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Jon and Greg react to a Wall Street Journal article from April 2013, "New Health Worry in Red Meat," by Melinda Beck. (The article reports on the findings of a recent NIH study linking gut bacteria and carnitine to the formation of a metabolite called TMAO. This metabolite - which vegans do not manufacture - changes how cholesterol is metabolized and can promote thickening of the arteries.) They point out the tendency by science writers to villainize a single chemical such as carnitine, accusing them of oversimplifying the complex relationship between overall diet and health, and in turn fueling overblown popular reactions to supposed "diet culprits."

"The Food Guys," March 16th, 2014: Carnitine.

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