Skip Nav
Carve Lean Abs and Ripped Arms With a Pair of Dumbbells and This 20-Minute Workout
Is Hummus Healthy?
Healthy Living
Is Hummus Really a Healthy Snack? We Asked an Expert
How to Do a Squat Thrust
If You Hate Burpees, This Move Is Here to Save You
Does Running Burn Fat?
Weight Loss
Yes, You Can Burn Major Fat by Running — Here's How, According to 2 Experts
Paleo vs. the Mediterranean Diet
Healthy Living
Here's What the Paleo Diet and Mediterranean Diet Have in Common — and What They Don't

Study Links Red Meat to Heart Disease

Red Meat Is Still Bad For Heart Health, Study Finds — but Not Just Because of Saturated Fat

Two pieces of raw steak on parchment paper

Doctors and experts have long warned against eating too much red meat for heart health. In fact, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends only eating lean meat such as chicken or fish without the skin because they are lower in saturated fat and saturated fat raises cholesterol and could lead to heart disease. (Although these are the AHA's guidelines, more recent studies haven't found a direct link between saturated fat and coronary heart disease).

But now, a new study has found it's not just saturated fat from read meat that can impact your heart — a chemical called trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) has been linked to heart disease when consumed in high levels. Researchers found that people who eat a lot of red meat have three times the amount of TMAO compared to those who eat white meat or a plant-based diet. In the study, the red meat participants ate the equivalent of eight ounces of steak or two quarter-pound beef patties a day, compared to participants who were just given white meat or just given plant-based protein sources. However, those who stopped eating red meat lowered their levels of TMAO.

TMAO is formed by gut bacteria when red meat is digested. TMAO can be measured using a simple blood test, which may be another strategy in helping prevent heart disease.

"These findings reinforce current dietary recommendations that encourage all ages to follow a heart-healthy eating plan that limits red meat," said Charlotte Pratt, PhD, the NHLBI project officer for the study, according to Science Daily. "This means eating a variety of foods, including more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy foods, and plant-based protein sources such as beans and peas."

If you're looking to cut back on your meat consumption and eat a more plant-based diet, check out these 10 tips.

Image Source: Getty / Claudia Totir
More from POPSUGAR
From Our Partners
Paleo vs. the Mediterranean Diet
Is Hummus Healthy?
Meditation Techniques You Can Do in Bed
Why You Should Eat Vegetables at Every Meal
Sasha Pieterse PCOS Quotes
Easy Ways to Increase Your Confidence
Do Beets Help You Run Faster?
Is Matcha Bad For Your Teeth?
What Kind of Bread Can You Eat on the Mediterranean Diet?
Celebrity Quotes About Mental Health
Whole30 vs. the Mediterranean Diet
What Happens When You Stop Eating Bread?
From Our Partners
Latest Health & Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds