I've been trying to research whether artificial hormones fed to beef cattle are harmful to the consumer, and just can't seem to find any source that I can rely on. There are a lot of people out there with "better safe than sorry" attitudes (which isn't good enough for me...I'd really like something better to go on). There are some that say it absolutely is bad for you and should be avoided like the plague (including an aquaintance that is an M.D.), others, including the FDA, say the likelihood of it being harmful is incredibly small (e.g. they say the amount of hormone in the beef is 200 times less than that in cabbage, etc).
I think part of the question is whether the "artificialness" of the hormone is likely to be harmful -- given that the actual quantity of estrogen is so tiny compared to other things like cabbage and potatoes, and not much more than the quantity in "all natural" beef.
I've researched this to the best of my ability, but am finding that I just don't know who to trust.
So which is it? Should I spend far more for, say, "no artificial hormone added" ground beef just to avoid the hormones? It's not like ground beef is great for you anyway, but I'd like to know if the artificial hormones issue itself is something to worry about.