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PREGNANCY AND BEEF EATING

Shun beef, pregnant women told

Fertility of male offspring can be affected by excessive beef eating.

BY OUR PHARMA CORRESPONDENT


March 26, 2007: Shun beef, is what docs have to say to pregnant women these days. The reason: Excess beef during pregnancy is likely to affect fertility of the male offspring.

A report said that researchers at the New York’s University of Rochester Medical Center have found that sons of mothers who ate beef seven or more times a week had low sperm counts. Relating this phenomenon to the anabolic of growth hormones used to treat cattle, the scientists have added that pesticides might adversely affect the developing testes of the unborn foetus leading to low sperm counts. Shocking, indeed.

The researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center undertook the study and found that there are mothers who ate beef at least four times a week on an average. As many as 51 said they consumed beef seven or more times a week. This group of heavy beef eaters was also more likely to have consumed large quantities of red meat as well, the report added.

It has also been found that men whose mothers ate huge quantity of beef during pregnancy had a 24 percent lower sperm count than men whose mothers had a lesser intake of the meat. The growth-promoting hormones used in cattle were to blame. It has been widely reported that natural as well as synthetic hormones are used for promoting growth in cattle in the US and Canada. A report added that estradiol, progesterone and testosterone are the natural hormones, while zeranol, trenbolone acetate and melengestrol acetate are synthetic

Scientists have suggested a remedy too to snip such mishaps. Pregnant women who are addicted to beef can try out hormone-free beef or organic beef. However, they hasten to add that it's not proven to have positive effects. Explaining the phenomenon, a report said that when cattle are slaughtered, all hormones are not metabolized. These hormones can easily pass the placental barrier and affect the unborn foetus, it said.

 

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