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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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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