CNAP ClipBoard: Tiffany Stevens the author of this article states, “So if you’re worried an occasionally meatless meal will turn you into a woman, don’t be. Instead, prove your masculinity by taming your fear of new foods.”
- If men are worried about being turned into a woman, what do the women have to fear, being turned into a man?
- An “occasional” meatless meal will give you a sex change? Who said anything about occasional? Meat at every meal is the deal, has been for decades. If not meat, then some animal product – milk and/or eggs are in just about everything. It’s almost like once they started using the fluids and eggs of the animals, they put them in everything. Can you imagine the obsessive compulsions directed at finding uses for animal products? Looking back it all seems pathological.
- When you have to read a label to see if there are any animal products in the product you want to buy, that tells you that nearly everything contains animals of some sort. Otherwise you wouldn’t have to look.
- Most of the men I see in Cleveland are fat and they all have man boobs and none of them are vegetarian or vegan. I mean, why do men have breasts in the first place? Or hadn’t anybody noticed?
- The rapid growth hormones they get from eating animals designed to grow fast and fat is what’s responsible for their breasts being kicked into milk producing gear!!
- Hey, if this keeps going and men keep overloading their systems with rapid growth hormones, the men will develop the capacity to become milk producing machines and be able to feed the planet! You know, how they expect the cows to give them milk? Well, now the human male with be the number one supplier. Nobody will want human female milk. MALE MILK will be in HIGH DEMAND. WE’VE GOT MALE BOOBS. Who WANTS cows when we’ve got HUMANS?
- But wait, it’s happening to women too. Ever see so many women with super huge boobs walking around all over the planet – almost like they’re being HAND-BRED for factory farming of milk? They’re almost half their body size. And their bodies are huge too. Where did they come from? Cows, Chickens, Pigs, Lambs…that’s where. It’s because of the animals they eat, not because of plant estrogen.
- The Republicans in the USA had nothing to do with people’s soy fears that began a long time ago. This is nothing new and the discovery was made by Asians who eat a lot of it and written up by the British. The story wasn’t about boobs. It was about decreased libido – in both men and women after they consumed tofu. It “cools the cockles”, they say – but only temporarily.
- Cockles refers to the testicles in men – maybe women will be growing cockles too – not impossible through the evolutionary process that lots of people claim doesn’t exist. Cockles are in the mollusk family and the shape resembles testicles.
- I never thought it a good idea to have sex after a meal. We’d have sex first, then go out to wine and dine. Much more fun and relaxing that way, rather than hardly enjoying the meal with sex on our minds – this way we had the best of both worlds.
MyRecipes January 15, 2020
Between Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods, and other emerging plant-based meat companies, it’s never been a better time to be a vegetarian or vegan. Nor has it ever been easier to cut back on meat consumption in general, for the sake of your health and for the sake of the planet. Diners who want to occasionally sub an Angus patty for a plant-based one can now find those options in a number of restaurants, including Burger King, which added the Impossible Whopper to its menu in the fall of 2019.
New food technology can sometimes spark unnecessary fears among eaters, however, especially when a new food product is seen as unnatural or weird. Take, for example, the recent rumors warning consumers to beware the estrogen content in Impossible Whoppers and other Impossible Food products, lest the delicious, meat-free burgers cause men eating them to grow breasts.
Fears about soy products feminizing men have existed for quite a while. The Impossible Burger fear mongering, however, is a bit more recent. It stems from a 2019 story published by Tri-State Livestock News, a trade publication covering livestock agriculture.
Written by James Stangle, who specializes in veterinary medicine, the story claims that four Impossible Whoppers a day contain “enough estrogen to grow boobs on a male.” That story was then picked up by conversative pundits such as Michael Savage, according to The Washington Post.
It seems silly to point out that few people, if any, are buying and consuming four Impossible Whoppers daily. But even if a man did decide to eat Impossible Whoppers for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack between, he needn’t worry about developing feminine secondary sex characteristics.
For starters, the compound contained in Impossible Burgers isn’t human estrogen at all—it’s phytoestrogen, a plant isoflavone that acts similarly to human estrogen, but doesn’t have nearly the same strength, according to Insider.
Phytoestrogen, which is often found in soy, can promote the effects of naturally occurring estrogen, which exists in all humans. But it can also suppress it, since it has both estrogenic and anti-estrogenic effects. How phytoestrogen affects you depends on what your existing estrogen levels are as well as other individual biological factors.
Regardless of whether it promotes or decreases the effects of naturally occurring estrogen, however, it still doesn’t have the strength to grow breasts in men.
Although Stangle didn’t include this citation in his piece, it seems his claims may have stemmed from a single case in which a Texas man in 2008 developed “breasts and breast soreness” from drinking three quarts of soy milk a day, according to Snopes. Those effects went away after he stopped ingesting that extreme amount of soy milk regularly. This isolated case from 12 years ago might be shocking, but it’s not enough evidence to sound the alarm on soy products in general.
The validity of the feminization fears surrounding soy products is also belied by the number of countries that rely on soy products; a plethora of Asian countries have been using soy beans for centuries without men in those societies suffering adverse or unexpected biological effects.
It’s worth pointing out that the feminization fears behind the Impossible Whopper estrogen rumors are inherently tied to sexism, homophobia and transphobia in some circles. Meat eating is also connected, in some men’s mind, to masculinity; the idea of eating a veggie burger amounts to an assault on their very identity. There’s nothing to fear from eating a plant-based burger, however; a bite of a charbroiled soy product won’t take away anyone’s man-card.
So if you’re worried an occasionally meatless meal will turn you into a woman, don’t be. Instead, prove your masculinity by taming your fear of new foods.