By now, most Houston and Denver denizens have a sense that red meat isn't especially good for their overall health and aging longevity. Cholesterol-laden cuts of beef have long been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, but new research has revealed that there are more elements at play here than previously believed.

According to reports, scientists from Cleveland Clinic have discovered that a substance called carnitine, which can be found in red meat, fish and some vegetables, could also contribute to an individual's chance of developing a heart condition. This compound, once metabolized, is converted into a chemical product called trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) that infiltrates the blood stream. The researchers noted that high levels of TMAO have been linked to heart disease in previous studies.

After reviewing the blood samples and medical histories of 2595 people who consumed different amounts of red meat, a team of researchers decided to test this connection themselves, reported The New York Times. To determine whether eating red meat caused a surge in TMAO, Dr. Hazen and his associates sat down to an early morning steak and proceeded to have their blood drawn after finishing the meal.

TMAO levels reportedly soared for the meat-eaters present, while a vegan participant who hadn't eaten steak in years did not see the same dramatic uptick.

However, Dr. Hazen noted that this finding doesn't mean that all Houston and Denver residents seeking to age gracefully should swear off these forms of protein – just that they should be mindful of all the health risks their diet could be subjecting them to.

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