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If You Are Worried About Beef With Hormones- Stay Away From the Cole Slaw!

Fri, 20 Jan 2012 03:20:20 CST

If You Are Worried About Beef With Hormones- Stay Away From the Cole Slaw! The American Meat Institute says its high time that people understand some of the claims of those who are promoting beef raised under various "natural" systems has hormones. All cattle have naturally ocurring hormones. And the difference between an animal that has been given no additional hormones to enhance growth efficiency and one that has received those implants is virtually non existent. AMI contends the claim of "hormone free" is inaccurate and the claim of "no hormones given" means very little when it comes to the composition of the meat that comes from that animal.

On a website developed to address what the group considers to be myths, the fact that AMI wants consumers to consider is "Hormones like estrogen are used in modern beef production to increase the amount of beef that can be harvested from cattle. However, these hormones are the same as, or synthetic versions of those naturally produced by cattle. The estrogen that is used in beef production, for example, is used at levels that are a fraction of what is found in soybean oil, soybeans, eggs and what is produced by the human body."

They add in regards to the ban on beef produced in this country with additional hormones by the European Union- a ban that was first placed by the EU in the late 1980s- "While some people cite Europe's ban on hormone-treated beef from the U.S. as evidence that hormones are a concern, Europe's own scientists have affirmed that hormone use in cattle production is safe. Unfortunately, European political bodies have rejected the science and refused to lift the ban. Because high quality U.S. beef is produced more efficiently and economically, it is a prime competitor to European-produced beef."

The website is called MythCrushers. Here is the Youtube on this particular issue, featuring Janet Riley talking with Dr. Rhonda Miller, a Meat Scientist at Texas A&M University. Click on the Play button int he video box and listen to the truth about hormones in bovines.



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