Steroids In Your Steak Maybe Affecting Your Sex Life.
By Karimah bint Dawoud, Clinical Nutritionist & Muslim Chaplain.
You may want to think twice before you spend your money buying hubby steak to wet his fancy. I know I wouldn’t do it, alhmdulilah.
Unless the meat is free range or organic is most likely that the cheap chicken, lamb and beef we buy has been injected, since it was a young animal, with growth hormones which are, in effect, steroids.
I know body builders, including some Muslim celebrity sheikhs who take steroids to pump up the volume, although I have warned them against it.
But we consume the same growth hormone steroids in that cheap meat chicken, steaks and chops we buy.
These growth hormones we consume, have an effect on male sexual development according to the organic center and the organic consumers association.
Today, there are six anabolic steroids given, in various combinations, to nearly all animals entering conventional beef feedlots in the U.S. and Canada:
* Three natural steroids (estradiol, testosterone, and progesterone), and
* Three synthetic hormones (the estrogen compound zeranol, the androgen trenbolone acetate, and progestin melengestrol acetate).
In 1988 the use of steroids was banned in UK , however that doesn’t let us off the hook because the beef we may be buying could very well be from the states or Canada.
In Islamic medicine books by scholars like al Qayyim ibn Jawziyyah beef should not be eaten except by those who do a strenuous days work and in those days that was beef without steroids.
In America , a study as carried out called “ Study For Future Families” and they found that those males born to women who had “low beef “ diet was 24% more concentrated sperm count than to those makes born to women who ate beef meal more than 4.5 times a week.
They also found out that those male born to high beef eater had a sperm concentration 18% lower that The World Health Organisation sub fertility levels…hmmm very interesting way to control population dynamics. I would also question these figures , regarding the total amount of beef meals to be consumed and low sperm count ,with even less beef meals because these consumers are probably consuming enough diary as well, the good ole American diet, containing outputs of the hormones in the female cows to produce milk and any study coming out of the States regarding beef has to regarded as dubious because it is one of the main products of the States, as well as one of their top commodities on the stock exchange.
Allah knows best.
Mental health is also affected by anabolic steroids; depression, aggression and concentration problems are all exacerbated by steroids , according to Claudia Fahlke, director at CERA. CERA, is the University of Gothenburg’s Centre for Education and Research on Addiction.
According to The National Institute Of Drug Abuse, studies show that anabolic steroids that are used in high does cause irritability and aggression.
We can see, when we join that dots, that eating beef once in a while is ok, however the short term , regular consumption of beef by those of us with a sedentary life style will cause indigestion, heart and arteries issues and weight gain. In the long term beef as well as other meats containing anabolic steroids, will not only affect our health but the health and fertility of future generation to coming, if at all we are able to produce any sperm that is capable of impregnating. Halal or not halal, it wouldn’t make any difference because the steroids are in the muscle tissue and organs not just the drained blood.
Something worth thinking about next time you feel like impressing hubby with a steak dinner…no thank you..and we haven’t even touched on mad cow disease yet