HEALTH RISK OF STEROIDS IN OUR FOOD
A paper published in the Food Research institute of the university of Wisconsin named "Human Safety of Hormone Implants Used to Promote Growth in Cattle" shows that dairy and meat products contribute greatly to the hormones in our bodies
THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA)
The FDA has approved most of the injected hormones into animals and considers them safe for human consumption.
7-8 year olds.
Children who have eaten food enriched with hormones have been observed to develop enlarged male breast
There is great concern that the use of hormones in animals would result in increase in the hormones of people and early puberty.
Studies have shown that foods from animals that have been treated with steroids have higher amounts of a cancer causing substance called insulin-like growth factors (IGF).
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SHOULD ALL OF US BE WORRIED?
WHAT ARE THE RISK?
Ann Macrina, PhD, a researcher in the Department of Dairy and Animal Science at Pennsylvania State University, says that the amount of estrogen in the food are too minute compared to the ones we have naturally. The amount of estrogen in 3-ounze servings of beef is 400, 000 times smaller than that found in a woman and 100, 000 times smaller than what is found in men.
Thomas Remer, PhD, one of the authors of the study in 2009 and a professor at the Research Institute of Child Nutrition, in Germany say that the puberty of children who consume a lot of meat started seven months earlier than those that don't as much. This implies that proteins and other nutrients are to play
HOMONAL LEVELS BY THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
Dr. Willett says that the amount of insulin-like factors (IGF) and other dangerous substances are too minute in amount and that the consumption of proteins itself leads to our bodies producing there own.
There are arguments that particular from Bruce Chassy, PhD, a professor of food microbiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, that the farm animals that are injected with steroids are in fact beneficial to the environment and that very little evidence has shown that the hormones added to food are of any health risk.
Others have argued that even though the amount of hormones pales in comparison to the ones found naturally in humans. The young pre-puberty children who do not yet produce any of the sex hormones added would be the ones greatly affected.
ARE THESE FEARS JUSTIFIED?
So far very little evidence that these practices are of any health risk have been founds. Some farmers are now changing their practises because they fear consumers would stop buying their products. Not enough research has been conducted because of how difficult it is to study the effects steriod use in our food. The protein itself is a huge factor to consider. It would seem that the fears may still be a bit premature. Genetically modified plants have shown no evidence of any risk to human health even after years of use.
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