As a Youth Development minor, I am in a human developmental class that primarily focuses on adolescences and emerging adulthood. Yesterday our lesson was about puberty and we discussed what possible answers there are for the early onset of puberty. Throughout the discussion, it was mentioned that hormones in meat, particularly beef, was a significant cause of puberty starting in earlier years of adolescence life because humans ingest large amounst of hormones when they eat beef. In case of this comment, I wanted to shed some light on this topic not only as I did with my class, but it sparked my interest as a blog topic for this week.
- First and foremost, including feed additives into cattle feeds is a decision that every farmer/rancher/feedlot manager makes in consultation with their veterinarian and animal nutritionist.
- Feed additives, or hormones, are added to cattle feeds in small amounts at specific times in their lives, which in turn can help cattle make the most of the feed they eat resulting in more lean muscle instead of fat.
- The Federal Department of Agriculture (FDA) reviews the use of feed additives in animals prior to use to ensure there are no adverse impacts to animal health, the environment, and ultimately humans.
- Feed additives are used up through the cattle’s bloodstream before the time of harvest. A withdraw period, or certain date, has to pass before the farmer or rancher can take the animal to harvest.
- Animal welfare is the top priority for everyone within the beef community and the entire supply chain is committed to meeting consumer expectations for high-quality beef with animal care at the core.
The myth in regards to eating beef causing early puberty in girls is inaccurate. A main cause of early onset of puberty is obesity. However the rise of overweight, obese adolescence is no connection to the consumption of beef as a red meat. Many young girls around the age of adolescence lack a source of protein and are therefore facing protein and iron deficiencies. Choosing beef as a red meat protein will help fix this problem many young teenager girls and women face. Beef is a great source of protein that allows your body to receive the necessary vitamins and minerals it needs to maintain health and functioning. Beef is not a determinate to a diet, providing low levels of scientifically proven safe hormones, and instead provides numerous benefits by supplying an excellent source of cruitial nutrient and vitamins to the body. What’s more important, beef also increases satiety and can be part of a lean diet, especially important in the current age of obesity. Beef combines this powerful combo to provide a safe, wholesome, and nutritious protein that anyone is sure to love, so remember, Beef: it’s what’s for dinner!
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