【Is hormonal food harmful to human's health?】We often hear that foods containing hormones are harmful to the body, but what are hormones? Are all hormones harmful to the body? Let's get to know what hormones are.
Hormones are divided into two types: natural and artificial hormones. Natural hormones are secreted by body organs and transported to designated locations through the blood. They play an important role in coordinating various physiological changes such as growth, development and reproduction. Hormones related to animals are cortisol, growth hormone and estrogen.
The artificial hormones mimic the structure of natural hormones, so as to achieve a similar effect. In order to speed up the growth of animals, such as pigs and chickens, and milk production, many farmers on farms use artificial growth hormones, such as stilbene hormones, which can increase the fat of the poultry’s body, especially the breasts and legs, and which makes the meat more tender and smooth.
Excessive intake of estrogen can reduce female ovulation and fertility. Too much estrogen in men can also lead to enlarged breasts. Although artificial hormones which enter the chickens and spread throughout the body through blood vessels will be absorbed by the body.
Moreover, Hong Kong has regulated and banned the use of hormones to raise poultry and livestock or import them, so there is no need to worry too much. People only get excessive hormone intake from consuming a large amount of meat with added artificial hormones.
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