Got Milk?!

In my last blog, I commented on how I’m taking a stand against added growth hormones. Hormones are given to animals to increase their growth and development, which results in increased profit due to producing meat and dairy products at a faster rate. One of the main ways we consume these hormones is through cattle products, such as, beef, milk, yogurt, & cheese. Though the FDA has approved the use of added growth hormones and claim it’s safe for consumption, controversial studies have many consumers avoiding these additives, myself included.

“Some hormones that may be used in dairy cows include:
• Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rbGH)— to promote milk production (may also be known as bovine somatotropin [BST])
• Estrogen, testosterone, and progesterine—steroid hormones added to promote growth and production
Beef cattle are often given steroid additives to increase growth and development. Common steroids include:
• Natural steroids like estradiol, testosterone, and progesterone.
• Man-made steroids from compounds of estrogen, androgen, and progestin”
(Quoted by: http://www.med.nyu.edu/content?ChunkIID=90869 )

In my opinion, we are what we eat, and it’s hard to believe there aren’t any negative side effects to our health through the ingestion of these animal products. There are many controversial topics surrounding this subject such as: increased risk of cancer, early puberty in girls, environmental impact (such as cow manure contaminating our soil), developmental risks during reproduction, etc. These concerns clearly resonated with decision makers in Europe, as hormone additives are banned for consumption. This raises a red flag that we are being put at risk due to manufactures pushing quantity over quality.

To move forward with a hormone free diet, here’s what you need to know:

• Buy certified organic meat and dairy products: 100% organic feed, no antibiotics, and no growth hormones.

• Buy rBGH-free or certified organic dairy products

(Articles: http://www.livestrong.com/article/98816-effects-growth-hormones/#page=5 & http://www.sustainabletable.org/258/hormones)

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