According to USDA numbers an average per capita 60 pounds of beef is consumed per person per year in the United States. That works out to be 320-three ounce servings per year per person. Which in turn comes to approximately 1077.17 nanograms of estradiol per year from beef consumption.
Now I want to compare that number to something that is practiced by thousands of women every day in the United States: birth control. What I have here is a progesterone based birth control product. It contains .035 mg of estradiol per pill and is based on a 28 day cycle so there are 21 active pills in a dispenser of this product. If you consider a woman who uses this product for one year, that is 252 pills or 8,820 nanograms of estradiol per year. Remember the amount estradiol per year from beef was 1077 nanograms per year. Approximately eight times more estrogen from progesterone based birth control than from beef. Now let’s consider a woman who takes an estrogen based birth control pill. They contain 35,000 nanograms of estradiol per pill which for the same 252 pill year works out to be 8,820,000 nanograms of estradiol per year. That is approximately equal to 875,868 lbs of beef. Or on a hot carcass weight basis, that is like eating 1100 steers per year per person. That works out to be just a little over three steers per person per day. So in summary for every one pill of estrogen based birth control consumed it is like eating 3 whole cows by yourself, daily.
If you want to trim hormones out of your diets, beef should probably not be the first place you look.
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~ Nick Henning