Pork is one of the most widely eaten meats globally, consumed by a multitude of different peoples and cultures. Up until recently however, the pig along with shellfish and other bottom feeders were considered unfit to eat because they are essentially garbage disposals that will eat virtually anything.
The pig’s diet alone makes the idea of eating it seem gross, but it is even more so when you think of all the unseen bacteria, viruses and parasites they pick up as well through all the mud rolling and dirt digging they do to scavenger for food all day long.
We’ve all heard the expression “sweating like a pig” before, but what many people don’t know if that pigs don’t have sweat glands and thus can’t sweat. Sweating is not only effective in keeping our body cool, but we also excrete toxins from our sweat and sweat glands as well.
Sweating is one of the huge benefits to exercise, in that we sweat out the same toxins that come out in our urine, and doing so is cleansing the body. Unfortunately for pigs they don’t have this option, which allows for further toxin buildup in the body.
In addition to that, the pig’s digestion isn’t as effective as other animals that we eat when it comes to killing toxins. The pigs digestion only takes about 5 hours, which means that food is quickly digested and reabsorbed into the blood stream and tissues, including those toxins.
These toxins are stored mainly in the fat of the pig which doesn’t go away until you or something else consumes it.
Processed meats including ones from pork like bacon, ham and sausage increase your risk of developing cancers, especially ones within the digestive tract. You only need to eat about 50 grams of these processed foods daily or about 3 slices of bacon to increase your risk of cancer by upwards of 18%.
Deli meats fall in to this category as well, so if you love subs I hate to break the news to you.
There are some healthy alternatives out there though, look for items like hotdogs without nitrites or preservatives which are generally ok to eat.
If you have ever taken a human and anatomy class or even a general biology class that involved dissections, chances are you used a pig to work on.
Pigs are typically used in this fashion for one reason, they are the closest anatomically to humans. This may not seem like a huge deal, but these similarities make it easy for things like diseases to pass from the pig to the humans.
One prime example of this was the outbreak of swine flu back in 2009 which was believed to be the result of a pig transmitting the disease to a farmer. As it stands right now people cannot contract the swine flu through consumption of pig meat, but do you really want to eat this potentially tainted meat?
Pigs can carry a host of diseases and illnesses, they most commonly house a parasite which causes a disease called trichinosis. This parasite can usually be killed off with adequate preparation, but if you are eating at a restaurant or not preparing the food yourself you are putting yourself at a great risk of infection.
Trichinosis usually only takes a week for the afflicted to notice and can cause a whole slew of health problems and complications. People who suffered from trichinosis have reported headaches, fever, muscle pain, weakness, fatigue, and sensitivity to light.
Pigs also carry a type of hepatitis, called hepatitis E, which can be spread through the consumption of undercooked pork.
Most of the pork we eat in America comes from commercial factory farms, over 95% of all pork consumed does.
The issue with these massive farms are that the pigs have little space to roam around and are in a constant state of stress for most of their lives. Not only is this not ok as far as the pig is concerned, it also makes for unhealthy toxic meat.
Meat that comes from a stressed animal is more prone to bacterial growth as well, giving you another thing to look out for. All in all farmed raised pigs don’t result in healthy meat.