What Side Are You On?
Eventhough the pig has been around for centuries, their has been somewhat of a surge lately of people gravitating toward less pork consumption, but why? Some people don’t get the argument, others go as far as not even touching it, even if it’s still in it’s proper packaging. The debate has really been going on for years, points have been made from sides. So let us finally settle this once and for all, Is pork good or bad for you?
How Pork Became Popular In The U.S.
It is said, that a man named Hernando de Soto, also known as “The Father of The Pork Industry”, landed in Florida in the mid to late 1500s’. With him, he brought a small herd of pigs. The pork consumption supposedly grew from then on in America. Cincinnati was actually one of the first to commercially slaughter pigs in the 1800s’ after the revolutionary war. They became the largest pork producing city in the world for an extended period of time. They also earned the nickname “Porkopolis”.
After the war, alot of Americans headed West with their cattle and hogs. When Cincinnati shipped their pork products, they shipped them down the Mississippi River to New Orleans. They hauled them on flat boats. Then around 1818, a woman by the name of Elisha Millis opened the first modern day pork packaging plant in Cincinnati.
The process included stuffing the meat in brine-filled barrels for preservation. That in turn birth the love for saltpork, or how we southerners like to say, “Fatback”. Saltpork quickly became an U.S. food staple soon after that.
With much success in packaging and shipping, Cincinnati was the go to place for pork products. Then in the early 1860s, Chicago took the lead in pork production. During the time when Cincinnati used the Mississippi River to ship a bulk of their products, the Civil War was getting underway. They could no longer use the river or its canals for delivery.
Chicago on the other hand, had a premium railroad system, that could deliver huge quantities of products to Union Troops more quickly. Cincinnati fought hard to stay competitive, their investors came up with a plan to organize a Union Railroad Company in the early 1870s’. They built stockyards all over that could hold thousands of animals, but Chicago maintained the lead in the industry.
Pig packaging numbers started to decline in the 1920s’, and in 1980, The Cincinnati Stockyards finally closed. For a long time, Cincinnati’s culture was surrounded in pork/pig. Arguably they still do take a fine liking to the world of oinkness to this very day.
Pork: Healthy or Not…
Ok, before we get into the pros and cons of eating pork. I think we can agree, that no one really cares about what others eat, nor do people rarely concern themselves with the details of the meat they are eating. I mean honestly, if we were in the 1500s’ or 1600s’, do you think the servants that worked at plantations would turn down the scraps of a pig, because it might be somewhat toxic? No, they had their children and families to feed, they didn’t have the luxury of being picky.
Now of course in this day and age, people have a wide variety of foods to choose from. The options are endless seems like. One would argue, since we are in this new day and age, why do we still consume such things as pork? One may counter argue, and say its their perogative. Which, quite honestly is true.
People tend to get fed up with people telling them what they should and shouldn’t eat. Always, turning their noses up or insulting the food you preparing to eat. Sometimes the ones who throw the most shade are undercover hypocrites. You could even go as far as labeling them, nieve hypocrites.Why? Cause they don’t believe they haven’t or don’t consume pork, only because they choose not to eat it, hence the term, “nieve hypocrites”
-You Know Pork Is In Pretty Much Everything Right?-
Oh yeeea, the hog is everywhere ladies and gentlemen! It’s hog heaven everywhere and in everything, not just what’s on the above list. Usually, if you’re an advocate on the “No Pork” rule, then you might neef to look for words on food labels such as:
- Animal Fats
Often, Gelatin is made with pork skin, including for the coating of gel caps. Pork is used to make many different products and are heavy components in many different industries. Products like cosmetics, detergents, cleansers, soaps, medications and toothpaste have some form of pork in them. They usually can be identified by words like:
So before you dive into your self righteous act on the next person that is consuming pork/pig. You might want to go check your pantry, medicine cabinet, your favorite bag of chips or read the label on you or your wife/girlfriends makeup collection. That’s right, ladies, Ms. Piggy isn’t the only game in town. Her physical appearance is just a little bit more literal.
Health Risks Associated With Eating The Pig
“BRING ME MY BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICINE!!” Is what I constantly heard growing up. My elders would eat a combined 20 pounds of pork products over the period of the day and then complain about a headache afterwards.
For the life of me, I never understood it, they would have a plate full of ribs and two blood pressure pills next to the plate to take when they finished. Over half of my family has high blood pressure as today. Of course pork may not be the main reason for why, but it plays a role as well.
For pork eaters, it has said it has been tested that as long as you properly marinate and thorougly cook pork, it perfectly healthy. Non-pork eaters say pigs don’t have sweat glands and that causes them to retain more toxins in there bodies.
RANDOM FACT: PIGS DO CARRY THE HEP E VIRUS AT TIMES….
Unlike humans, who have unique tools such as our sweat glands, most mammals don’t have sweat glands anyway. Sweating is also for cooling the body, not only for the elimination of toxins.
THE RATTLESNAKE THEORY…..
The notion that a pig can get bit by a venomous snake and live, is one reason I know that scares people away from eating pork. They surely have to be demon pigs right? I mean, the snake not only bit the pig, but possibly was killed by the pig also. I can imagine now, how after the snake struck the pig, the confusion it must had when the pig continued to attack.
So the concern is whether or not the venom from the snake will end up being consumed by a human, if that pig is slaughtered and processed. Typically, venom is only effective when it enters directly into a human’s bloodstream. So the snake would have been less confused when it bit you, being that you probably were in the process of passing out. So if you can suck out poison from a person that was bitten by a snake, which is one thing they recommend sometimes. Then the idea of you being harmed by a pig that was bitten, is slim.
ARE THERE WORMS IN PIGS?…..
How many of you have seen or heard about the coke trick you do with pork. You know, you pour the coke on the meat and hours later, there will be worms oozing out of it. I haven’t tried that theory but I do know that Pigs along with other animals sometimes carry the Trichinella Spiralis Worm.
Trichinella Spiralis Worm- infects animals, raw or undercooked meat from these infected animals can cause trichinois. Infected meat would contain immature worms or trinchinella cysts that grow on adult worms in the intestine, they multiply and enter the bloodstream. When they open through the stomach acids and its larvae is released into the body of the pig, they usually then make thier homes in the muscles of the pig. These worms are known to affect your heart, lungs, diaphragm and the brain……
Some pork eaters say, their is proof, that pregnant women should consume bacon on a regular. Others suggest pregnant women should be especially careful when consuming pork. Processed pork products such as bacon or sausage are deemed more harmful, because of the saturated fat. Consuming large amounts of pork can, but doesn’t always cause:
- Heart Disease
- Liver Disease
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Bowel Cancer
- Colorectal Cancer
Note: Pigs are scavengers of the land/farm and will eat absolutely anything, they eliminate waste. They’ll eat anything from leftover scraps, their own feces, dead carcasses(animal or human), including their own young.
My conclusion is this, BE CAREFUL!!….Seriously though, pork is the most widely eaten meat in the world. It’ll be hard to convince the average person to choose other wise, regardless of the facts. Especially when a person has a story about how their mothers’ great-great grandmothers’ ex-husbands’ nephew, only by marriage, ate pork for 73 1/2 years with no health problems what-so-ever! I guarantee you are not going to get your information through to those people, at least not at first.
Fact is, different strokes for different folks, you can’t really say what will happen to an individual, simply because it happened to the next person. Rather you are just a health freak, or religious, or maybe neither, you just choose not to eat pork. Either way, your life, is your life. I mean, yea the Center of Disease Control. did state that more than 100 viruses come to the U.S. each year through pigs. China being one of the largest producers, and yes sometimes farmers do use antibiotics on the 70% of pigs that have pneumonia going into the slaughterhouse, eventhough some of those diseases are immuned. These are just some things that could kill us possibly, but we’re going to die anyway right? Anyway, I digress.
So the choice is yours, to eat, or not to eat? That is the question…..I personally choose not to, when I can.
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