Hormones in Beef: Myth vs. Fact

Hormones in Beef: Myth vs. Fact

Amanda Blair


Much confusion and concern often surrounds the use of hormones in beef production. These “chemical messengers” are substances produced in the body that travel through the bloodstream to regulate body functions such as reproduction, metabolism and growth. Hormones such as estrogens or androgens are often administered to growing cattle intended for slaughter to promote growth by complementing the effects of naturally occurring hormones.

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