Hormones in Our Meat and Dairy: A Warning!

By on 03/03/2016
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Following a low carbohydrate diet is one of the most popular eating styles today, and for good reason. It is pretty much proven fact that ingesting too many carbs is bad for our health and leads to obesity and other health problems like diabetes and inflammation. Our bodies just do not need as many carbs as our modern day food choices provide, and the overage is contributing to our national obesity epidemic.

Most health professionals agree that the best, healthiest way to eat is to avoid simple carbs, limit complex carbs and let lean meats, veggies, and healthy fats like dairy account for most of our ingested calories.

However, the story does not end here and actually leads to another major problem…

Unfortunately, today’s dairy and meats contain large and unsafe amounts of hormones.

Hormones like estrogen and testosterone are surgically implanted into livestock in the form of a pellet to increase the growth weight and overall size of the animal, which means quicker production and more meat.

In cows, hormones also mean more milk.

Basically, hormones are used to increase the profitability in the meat and dairy industriesregardless of how it affects our health.

However, studies have now concluded that the increase of hormones in our food supply is linked to early puberty in children, adult obesity, and an increased risk of some cancers. Other studies are being performed to see if these hormones also have an effect on our mental health, fertility and even our digestive systems as there is a major correlation there.

In fact, the European Union has gone so far as to ban the use of hormones in meat and dairy all together.

Additionally, countries like Japan, Canada, Australia and others have banned the use of certain hormones (like rBGH) and are slated to make even tougher restrictions in the coming years.

But when it comes to the United States, these hormones are not banned and there are currently no major government studies underway to confirm the negative health consequences of using hormones in livestock. Whether this is due to lobbyists from the farming industry, poor leadership or other reasons, the main takeaway is that if you live in the USA, you need to be your own advocate and take precautions to protect yourself.

 

What can you do to limit your exposure to unsafe hormones in meat and dairy?

  • First, buy certified organic meats and dairy products. Organic regulations state that these animals cannot be given any hormones or antibiotics.organic meat dairy
  • When buying non-organic milk or dairy products, look for “rBGH free” on the label. Any product that comes from Canada or Europe will not contain rBGH as it is banned.
  • Eat less red meat and more poultry as the use of hormones has been banned for all poultry within the US. Ground turkey is a great substitute for ground beef.
  • When buying non-organic beef or lamb, look for “no hormones administered” on the packaging as this is the terminology used by US farmers who have proven to the USDA that they do not use hormones in their livestock.
  • If the option is available to you, purchase dairy or meat products that have been imported from the EU, since hormone usage has been banned in their farming practices.european dairy
  • Go local. Find out if there is a local farm nearby. You can visit to see their practices first hand and can ask exactly what they feed their livestock. This also gives you the chance to support a small farm instead of a large cattle production site where the quality of life is usually much worse for animals.

Until the US catches up with the rest of the world with better food safety regulations, you need to do your research and be sure you are feeding yourself and your family only safe, no-hormone-added meat and dairy.

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