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Why Pork Is Not a Healthy Option Nor Ethical.

Those who eat pork really have no idea that it’s not a healthy option at all, nor is it an ethical choice.

“Bacon always makes it better”
“I oink therefore I ham”
“Love pork on my fork”
“Mmmm … bacon”

These are just some of the quips I hear when talking to meat eaters about the health side and ethical side to pork.

I’ve written about the unhealthy side of pork before, in fact not that long ago: Should We Eat Pork?  but I’m going to write about it again because I believe it is that important.

So let’s begin with why pork isn’t a healthy option.

Prior to domesticating pigs these animals quickly discovered that if they hung around humans they would be able to pick up the scraps that were tossed out and therefore have food constantly there. The humans also recognized that the pigs would get rid of their garbage as so a symbiotic relationship formed.
Humans encouraged the pigs into the village, and the pigs were very happy to oblige.

There are a number of religions who don’t allow the eating of pork with the reasoning that ‘pigs are unclean’. I guess that came from the fact that pigs will eat anything, and I mean anything such as corpses and feces. Their nickname ‘waste disposal unit’ is pretty darn accurate.

Now that you know a little of the history of pig what about the health side. Well pigs carry the most parasites of all the farmed animals. Tests show that 69% of raw pork is contaminated with highly virulent microbes including a powerful parasite, yersinia enterocolitica, that damages and can create major inflammation in the gut.

You see, pigs only have one stomach, they eat fast and the food they eat contains a lot of different microbes and parasites. In comparison, the cow has a four stomach system so can eliminate most parasites. Pigs also don’t sweat. This means that they are unable to release any toxins and so these are stored in the flesh, muscles etc. ready for our consumption.

O.k. so you cook the pork really well, you clean the benches, your hands and anything the raw pork comes in contact with goes into the dishwasher … you’re super careful.
But it doesn’t end there.

Pork, (including bacon and ham), actually takes the longest of all the meats to digest in your stomach. In fact it takes between 4 1/2 to 5 hours to digest. You may think that’s o.k. but the problem lies in the fact that our body always digests the slowest first, this means that the nutrient rich vegetables that you’ve eaten sits in the stomach to wait its turn. What can happen is that these fast-digesting foods can begin to ferment producing gas, acid and indigestion.

Why pork is not ethical

Pigs are one of the smartest animals created. They are highly social, love to play, have a great long-term memory, can distinguish pigs they know from stranger-pigs and they also know who’s been nice to them and who hasn’t!  They are are as cognitively complex as young children and other primates and, of course, have, like other sentient beings, feelings of happiness, sadness, pain and fear.

Pork is not ethicalThey have the ability to recognize themselves in a mirror, can learn new skills and can solve puzzles … they are smarter than dogs and yet we eat them and love the dog.

In most farms pigs are treated very miserably. They live, sleep and grow in dirty conditions usually in the dark and in cramped pens. Not only does this cause severe stress which flows throughout their body and then is consumed by humans, but the squalid conditions is a breeding ground for diseases to be passed on.  For me, these pigs are the most tortured animal we breed for food.  To look into the eyes of a factory farmed pig is to see such sadness, pain, and, almost a pleading to be rescued.

Compare this pig to one who lives on a sanctuary farm and tell me that it’s not ethical to eat pork.

Have great plant food and
be compassionate to all animals including humans




Should We Eat Pork?

Bacon, Ham, Ribs, Sausages, Should we Really Eat Pork and Is It Good For Our Health?

In 2015 The World Health Organization came out in favour of research done by the IARC – International Agency for Research on Cancer which had classified processed meat as a car-carcinogen ( cancer causing), which immediately had the meat industry up in arms

Bacon, the all time favourite food.  You see the research classified “processed” as being any meat that is treated in some way to preserve or flavour it.  So this includes processing such as salting, curing, fermenting and smoking.

Guess what? Bacon definitely comes under that category … and so do most deli meats.

BUT what about pork that is straight from the pig?

Yes pork has protein and it’s the only meat that actually comes with other nutrients like thiamine, selenium magnesium and zinc.  However it, like all animal products, also comes with the baggage of saturated fat, cholesterol and naturally forming sodium plus any sodium added to preserve it’s shelf life.

Now even though you may be able to get away with that baggage, there is a much greater problem which lies in the intensive factory farming style of mass production.

In 2012 the Consumer Reports magazine did a study by purchasing 240 whole and ground pork products.  The results were disturbing to say the least.

  • 83% of the meat tested was found to have E.coli, staph, salmonella and a bacterium called yersinia entercolitica, which can cause fever, bloody diarrhea and abdominal pains as severe as appendicitis.
  • 69% of the samples actually had bacteria that were resistant to antibiotics used to treat human infections.

O.k. so let’s try free range pork.

Well, you see, pigs are the ‘waste disposal units’ on any farm.  They are opportunists and will eat literally anything including decaying animal flesh (including pork), maggots, decaying vegetables and even their own feces.

The problem is that their bodies don’t filter out the toxins, but sends it straight off to be stored in their organs, skin and fatty tissue.  Pigs don’t sweat so can’t remove toxins that way, but they do periodically rid themselves of the poisons if there’s a build up by excreting it through their hooves.
This means that many of these toxins remain ready for our consumption.

Probably explains why some religions (including the Christian Bible) say pork is unclean and should not to be eaten.

Pork also is the slowest of the meats for us to digest.  It can take anywhere from 4 ½ to 6 hours to get the entire amount through your system, and cuts like ribs and bacon are the slowest.

Having bacon for breakfast and ham for lunch, not only is it processed it can also wreak havoc on the digestive system making it difficult to absorb essential micronutrients from other foods that you’ve also eaten.

Because the slowest foods have to be digested first the really nutritious fruits and veggies have to hang around and can start to ferment producing gas, acid and indigestion.  Plus over time if you keep piling in the pork, undigested foods can putrefy in the small intestines which leads to toxicity in the body.

Now did you know that having apple sauce with pork was not for flavour it helps to digest the pork a bit faster, although still not quite fast enough.

My recommendation?
Flag the pork and go whole plant foods – your health will love you for it.

And if you’re thinking that might be a bit too hard … well I have a program called  Try Plant Foods for 7 Days  which is perfect for giving it a test run




Really? Bacon is Good For You?


Now I’m probably going to upset a few people … I know many of my friends love bacon.  But there’s a difference between saying you like eating bacon to saying that it’s healthy.

So here’s the deal:

I came across a post the other day which declared that bacon was good for you, in fact it said it was a “Miracle” Food

8 Reasons were given.  

With the World Health Organisation coming out last year saying that processed meats rank alongside smoking as a cancer cause, I thought this wee article on the bacon interesting enough to have a read.

So what are the 8 reasons?

Well the first 5 are plainly just “clutching at straws” type of reasons:

1. Good for a hangover
2. Has a “seducing smell”
3. Fights bad breath
4. Improves the taste of everything
5. It will make you feel good.

By this time I thought, perhaps the whole article was just a send-up.  But then I read the next 3 reasons and realized that it was a genuine piece.

little piggypig to bacon








Here are the final three with my comments below each one.

6.  It helps your memory.
In this it talks about bacon being rich in choline.  Well, my dear reader, maybe it is, but so are collard greens, Brussels sprouts, Broccoli, Swiss chard, Cauliflower and Asparagus.

7.  It’s healthy for your heart.
This one caused me to chuckle and say out loud “really? ya think?”.  Their reasoning is that it has Omega-3 fatty acids, but the fact that bacon is considered a processed food and it contains so much animal fats along with preservatives, I beg to argue that it’s not a heart-healthy food at all.
Best source of Omega-3 in a plant based version is flaxseed.  See my Nutritional Book for more.

8.  It’s good for your muscles.
Really what this is saying is that it has protein and protein is a muscle builder.  Hahaha – protein is in so many foods that are way healthier – try nuts and seeds, tofu and tempeh, quinoa and beans and legumes.  You sure don’t need bacon to become a muscle iron man or woman!!!

Aside from the fact that it is totally cruel to animals – it is NOT healthy!!!  and that’s the part that annoys me, when it is advertised as being a health food.  Keep eating it if you want, but at least take the time to know exactly what you are eating.  If it’s a home cure then chances are it will be o.k., but if it’s store bought, then reconsider.

So how many of you agree …. disagree …. Please let me know below in the comments.


Source:  8 Reasons Bacon Is Miracle Food

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