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Shocking! Myth Of Chicken Injected With Growth Hormones That Affect Your Health Is Busted

Shocking! Myth Of Chicken Injected With Growth Hormones That Affect Your Health Is Busted

Why Injecting Chicken With Growth Hormones Is Impossible

The reason is simple, it is illegal.

In the United States, and many other countries, strict guidelines are placed on the use of hormones in animal feeds. The supplementation of hormones is illegal in poultry. There may be some that do add supplements to the chickens feed, however there is no logical reason to use them.

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But If It’s Illegal, Why Would So Many People Believe The Myth?

Have you ever seen the label “Hormone Free” on a package of chicken you bought? Yes me too.

These labels have created a level of confusion and, in some cases, fear among consumers. Poultry producers have actually used this in their marketing campaigns to emphasize that they do not use hormones to boost the growth of their chickens, while implying that other poultry companies do. This common misconception that hormones are injected directly into the chickens, or added to their feed is totally inaccurate. Some even link the formation of ovarian cysts in women to eating chicken injected with hormones.

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In fact, there is no such thing as a “hormone free” chicken. Chickens, like humans, produce growth hormones naturally. Progesterone, testosterone, and estrogen are naturally produced within chickens for normal development, growth, and reproduction. In the interest of debunking this myth, there are a few solid reasons why hormones are not used.

And…It Is Just Not Wise To Use Hormones…

It is not cost effective…

If the hormones were to be added to the chickens’ feed, they would be digested too quickly to have any effect. To have any effect at all, the hormones would have to be injected directly into the chickens on a frequent basis. Research shows that the release of the natural growth hormones in chickens is every 90 minutes. If the supplemental growth hormones were to be effective, the only feasible way to do this would be through intravenous administration. The logistics alone in injecting thousands of chickens intravenously every 90 minutes is impossible.

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Chicken have evolved to have a higher growth rate

Like humans, when a chicken enters puberty, they experience a “growth spurt.” Chickens grow at a rate so rapidly that feed restriction is occasionally recommended to limit the incidences of heart attacks, or in some regions, heat stress. It makes no sense to force a higher growth rate on chickens. Also, there have also been improvements in genetics, nutrition, and disease control. Hormones are just not needed.

Next Time You Buy A Chicken…

The next time you buy a chicken, rest assured they are not larger “due to growth hormones.” One brand is not better than the other because they are “hormone free.” Chickens are not injected with growth hormones, but they do produce them naturally. The hormones produced by chickens will not affect you or create health problems. You can feel confident that the chicken wings you’re eating during your Sunday football game are safe.

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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