This may be heartbreaking to steak lovers everywhere, but this important information regarding new studies on red meat, just may save your life according to recent reports. With the world looming over the "pink slime" craze in the news, many are back to the age-old question regarding meat, and in particular - red meat. The studies on red meat have garnered the reputation as to say that it is chock-full of protein and iron, which your body needs for optimal health, but what are the negative side effects of red meat?

Experts lay out the potential risks of red meat consumption, and the fact that red meat is a silent killer. Since the early 90's, when the vegetarian craze hit mainstream, red meat naysayers have put the food on blast claiming that with the positivity of the protein and iron benefits, it also has a laundry list of negative side effects.

According to new studies, long term consumption of red meat can cause premature death, thus making red meat a silent killer. Studies now prove that red meat does the body more harm in the long term, than good.

Now that you've been made aware of the potential side affects of red meat, you're probably reading this asking, "Okay, now what?" Well, it's simple. A researcher from the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, named An Pan, Ph.D. says:

"We don't want everyone to be a vegetarian. Avoiding processed red meat altogether may be a good idea. It's better to go with unprocessed products and plant-based foods."

You've got the knowledge, now go forth and live well!