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Hormones in meat

There is ๐—ก๐—ข ๐—ฆ๐—จ๐—–๐—› ๐—ง๐—›๐—œ๐—ก๐—š as ๐—›๐—ข๐—ฅ๐— ๐—ข๐—ก๐—˜-๐—™๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—˜ ๐— ๐—˜๐—”๐—ง!โฃ

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๐—ฆ๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—ฃ๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—˜: hormones occur naturally in animals, people, and plants. This means that no matter how your meat is raised, it will STILL HAVE HORMONES.โฃ

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I know that this may be a little bit confusing considering โ€™๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ-๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆโ€™ and โ€˜๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ดโ€™ are both terms that are marketed heavily. I would be surprised if you havenโ€™t seen these marketing schemes prior to reading this.โฃ

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I use the word ๐—ฆ๐—–๐—›๐—˜๐— ๐—˜๐—ฆ for a reason. The way โ€˜hormone-freeโ€™ products are marketed attempts to create a differentiation that does not exist between products. It attempts to promote โ€˜raised without hormonesโ€™ as something special and as a safer product. ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—ง๐—ฌ ๐—œ๐—ฆ, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ โ€˜raised without the use of hormonesโ€™ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—น๐˜‚๐˜๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ป๐—ผ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ต ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—น๐˜† ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜.โฃ

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๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ/๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜„๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ?โฃ

  • Hormone implants can be either synthetic or natural. Natural implants include estradiol, progesterone, and/or testosterone. Synthetic hormones, like zeranol and trenbolone, mimic naturally occurring hormones by binding to hormonal binding sites to elicit the same effects.โฃ

  • Hormone pellets are implanted under the skin in the animalโ€™s ear and release the compound into the bloodstream overtime. The ears are always removed at slaughter to ensure the implants are gone!โฃ

  • Implants work by increasing the levels of growth hormone, which increases muscle growth and feed efficiency. This means, an animal will produce MORE MUSCLE and LESS TRIMABLE FAT on LESS FEED.โฃ

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๐—”๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ฒ?? โฃ

  • All hormones must follow strict protocols BEFORE going to and AFTER slaughter. Obviously, there will still be naturally occurring hormones present but this is not significantly different between implanted vs non-implanted cattle.โฃ

  • There are certain implants that are specifically designed for a certain gender, stage of production, and age. But despite what was given, the implants are removed before that animal can enter the food supply to ensure no implanted hormones are left in the animal.โฃ


  • Meat is relatively low in hormones compared to other foods. Letโ€™s look at estrogen: 75gโ€™s of implanted beef has 1.9ng of estrogen, 75gs of pork has 2.5ng, 75gs of cabbage has 2025ng, and 1 tbsp of soybean oil has 28,370ng. As you can see, in comparison, implanted meat is relatively low on the spectrum.โฃ


  • Once ingested, the residues of natural hormones are rapidly excreted and have little to no impact on human biologyโฃ

๐—ช๐—ต๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜?โฃ

Becauseโ€ฆ SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE. This means less time on feed and less feed/resources are required to finish an animal to the same weight.โฃ

  • Growth promotants and hormone implants allow farmers to produce a COST EFFECTIVE and SAFE product to feed you and your family. These products allow producers to keep costs low so we can continue to keep meat prices affordable.โฃ

  • With less input costs and less time on feed, this reduces the carbon footprint/ environmental impact that raising food has on the world. This is just ONE of the MANY stepโ€™s agriculture is taking to mitigate climate change.โฃ

  • With less feed requirement, this reduces the amount of natural resources (land, water, etc.) required to produce a tasty steak!โฃ

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Note: Absolutely NO poultry (chickens) raised in Canada use any growth promotants or hormone implants.โฃ

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When you pay a little bit extra for a โ€˜raised without the use of hormonesโ€™ burger, youโ€™re actually just falling for marketing propaganda that has you convinced that this is a healthier product. So, next time you go to order a burger being marketed this way, think about why you are paying a premium for a product that isnโ€™t all that itโ€™s cracked up to be.โฃ


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