Claim: Growth hormones used in poultry cause ovarian cysts in women who consume chicken wings.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, April 2004]
A friend of mine recently had a growth in her womb and she underwent an operation to remove the cyst. The cyst removed was filled with a dark coloured blood. She thought that she would be recovered after the surgery but she was terribly wrong.
A relapse occurred just a few months later. Distressed, she rushed down to her gynecologist for a consultation. During her consultation, her doctor asked her a question that puzzled her.
He ask if she was a frequent consumer of chicken wings and she replied yes wondering as to how, he knew of her eating habits.
You see, the truth is in this modern day and age; chickens are injected with steroids to accelerate their growth so that the needs of this society can be met.
This need is none other then the need for food. Chickens that are injected with steroids are usually given the shot at the neck or the wings.
Therefore, it is in these places that the highest concentration of steroids exists. These steroids have terrifying effects on the body as it accelerates growth.
It has an even more dangerous effect in the presence of female hormones, this leads to women being more prone to the growth of a cyst in the womb.
Therefore, I advise the people out there to watch their diets and to lower their frequency of consuming chicken wings!
People, who receive this email, please forward it to your friends and loved ones. I am sure no one wants to see him or her suffer!
Origins: This warning about chicken wings causing ovarian cysts first showed up in the snopes.com mailbox in
In particular, that anxiety focuses upon hormones and steroids that might be lurking in animal products. We fear the meats that make their way to our tables have been pumped full of chemicals as part of the process that went into bringing well-fleshed animals to market and that those chemicals will similarly affect us. Hormones are linked in our minds (as they should be) with the growth process, which in humans is strongly tied to changes related to sexual maturation. Ergo, that fear finds voice in stories about women exposed to such hormones developing cysts in their reproductive systems and in stories about men developing secondary sexual characteristics of women (e.g, growing breasts), as in the following example from 1999:
- Chickens have been bred through genetic selection for several decades to produce birds that grow larger and faster, on less feed, than chickens of earlier eras. Giving growth hormones to modern farmed poultry would be pointless, as those birds could not possibly grow any faster.
- Hormones must be injected, not consumed through the intake of feed, in order to work. Chickens would have to be injected with growth hormones on a regular basis, a far too expensive and labor-intensive process for poultry farmers to undertake.
- The FDA banned the use of hormones in poultry production by 1960.
This perception of a "magic bullet" is totally inaccurate, and detracts from the fact that the poultry industry has developed in to a very efficient animal production industry with birds that have been selected for rapid growth, high production, and excellent feed efficiency.
Broiler growth would not be increased with the use of hormone additives. The genetic selection that developed today’s broiler has resulted in an animal that multiplies its hatch weight by
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