It has long been known that red meat can cause heart disease, but a new study observing patients after eating a fresh cooked steak has shown that the fatty portions and cholesterol might not be the main cause. Instead, eating red meat releases a chemical from your intestinal flora that converts to TMAO in the liver which causes heart disease. This study needs further studies to investigate the evidence but all subjects tested had increased TMAO in their bloodstreams.
- A normal intestinal bacteria processes red meat into a chemical that causes the liver to produce another chemical called TMAO.
- When TMAO is present in the blood, it has been proven by medical studies to be directly linked to an increase in heart disease.
- A number of common protein and energy supplements are made from ingredients that contain TMAO.
“There [sic] are questions about the safety of supplements, like energy drinks and those used in body building.”