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Gristle is created when connective tissue molecules form collagen cross-links. A new study found growth promotants increase the number of these cross-links.

Growth promotants in cattle can impact tenderness, says study

Researcher warns against steroid or beta-agonist use in cattle 
that won’t be slaughtered until they’re 16 months or older

The longer cattle are exposed to steroids and other growth promotants before slaughter, the more likely its beef will pay a penalty in terms of tenderness, said a researcher from the University of Alberta. Meat scientist Heather Bruce and her team recently conducted a study on the effects of growth promotants on collagen cross-links — […] Read more