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Chosing Meat Wisely

Animal Stress & Human Hormones


Stress experienced by pigs during transport, handling and slaughter, significantly elevates their levels of adrenaline, cortisol and steroids. Regular consumption of meat laden with these hormones can create an increase in female sex hormone (estrogen) and a decrease in male sex hormone (testosterone). The growth of breast tissue in men (gynecomastia), is almost always caused by an imbalance of estrogenic and androgenic effects.

Slaughterhouse Stress and Man-boobs

Researchers at the University of Milan Faculty of Veterinary Medicine confirm that stress experienced during transport, handling and slaughter of pigs significantly elevates levels of adrenaline, cortisol, and steroids in pork. The consumption of these hormones, say scientists, can create imbalances in the human body leading to an increase in estrogen (female sex hormone) and a decrease in testosterone (male sex hormone). Gynecomastia, the growth of breast tissue in men, is usually caused by an imbalance of estrogenic and androgenic effects.

Humane Handling makes better Meat

Fear and stress at slaughter also affects the texture, color and taste of meat. The Guidelines for Humane Handling, Transport and Slaughter of Livestock notes that “…when animals are subjected to manhandling, fighting in the pens, and bad stunning techniques, the fright and stress causes a rapid breakdown of muscle glycogen. This lightens the color of the meat and turns it acidic and tasteless.” Muscle proteins lose their water holding capacity, resulting in pale, acidic, tasteless meat.”