Before bacteria was discovered, undercooked or raw swine caused trichinosis.<br />
Trichinosis is a terrible way to die...slow and painful. No treatments are cures were known, you got it, you died.<br />
Pigs also like mud, they fight for food, they were seen as unpleasant nasty creatures.<br />
In simple terms, various societies simply made swine illegal by religious taboo.<br />
Problem solved. Pork is not unhealthy if cooked properly, in fact in the U.S., trichinosis has been erradicated. Pink pork is now considered safe to eat.
Logic is a lovely thing.
Trichinosis can only be contracted eating RAW pork.
Should we ban eating chicken because it's literally the filthiest domesticated animal? The chicken you buy at the store is covered in salmonella, that's why chefs keep chicken at the bottom of a fridge, you NEVER eat raw chicken, and in case you didn't know chickens **** in their drinking water. Yeah, I'd rather eat that slop than a pig that MAY have trichinosis.
Have you also heard about the dangers of circumcision?
I don't eat pork. I also don't eat beef or chicken. I'm a vegetarian.
excellent :) The animals thank you.
I don't do it for the animals. I do it for me.
Things take time. Getting used to diet changes takes time. You must make sure that you are getting enough of the required nutrients for your body. Be patient. I was a vegetarian for many years before I decided to go vegan. I took a lot of time to research it to see if it would be good for me.
You said the key word in how it is a struggle for you. "It seems difficult to THINK of a diet completely without animal fats or meat, etc. . . .
It is about the way we think about food. Germany has soy products (soy milk, soy yogurt, soy sausages, etc), as well as almond milk, coconut milk. Focus on the good foods that you can enjoy instead of the bad ones that you can't.
Pork is delicious. Ham, bacon, sausage...mmm! It's not unhealthy when eaten in moderation. Those ancient religions made it a "sin" to eat pork and shell fish because back then they weren't as sanitary as we are now. In unclean conditions, shellfish and pork can carry a lot of nasty stuff and make you sick. But we don't have to worry about that nowadays.
Many animals eat their own excrement. Chicken are notorious for it.
In factory cage farms, they stack the cages 5 layers high, they only feed the top row. Guess what the other 4 rows are eating.
Wild boar is not "filthy".... farmed meat in general is filthy.
Pigs may be gross by OUR standards, but the more poignant point to me is the cruelty of the practice. Not only are factory farmed pigs injected with steroids, fed only corn which is not what they are meant to eat, and forced to live their short lives in tiny stalls in which they cannot turn around....but also pigs are as intelligent as dogs....they can live well into their late twenties if left to live. They are loving, social animals forced to live in tiny cages until they are slaughtered. for example.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDiSR0LGry8
If you are referring to me than you need to face reality. There is enough documentaries out there like Food Inc. and enough literature, and enough video footage that tells the TRUTH of the cruelty of the meat industry....besides the obvious and blatant cruelty of raising animals to slaughter them.
so do goats
Each religion created its rules according to the place where it was invented, The Inuits will never have a deity forbidding to eat seals, I guess pork could be unsafe meat some centuries ago in hot countries. I say bless the pigs, they are worthy of much respect.
Yep, what I said. :)
That's what scares me about some Muslims. Some of them believe in superstition to the extent that they still practice stoning, and treat women like livestock. Some of them seem to be stuck in the 7nth century. <br />
Clean and unclean animals are a man made superstition. Catfish are very healthy. So are shrimp, crabs, and some grubs and insects. **It's true that long ago pork was a dangerous animal to eat., but other cultures were eating pork at that time and we're / are some of the healthiest people on the planet.
Not if it's cooked
Sometimes when evaluating "a source" you need to also consider bias vs. Non bias
A rather poorly written article with its many faults.
Probably because the admonitions against eating pork originated several thousand years ago before refrigeration when pork was easily infested with the trichinosis parasite.<br />
Modern pork is grown in near sterile environments and is actually one of the healthiest meat proteins on the market. Your belief that pork is unhealthy is no longer scientifically valid. I cannot speak for anyone but myself, as religious beliefs and practices are all ba<x>sed solely on faith and not on facts, but personally, I follow the central tenets of my Christian faith while understanding that the majority of Biblical teaching originated in a far different world that knew nothing about microscopic parasites, bacteria, or viruses, and failed to understand the importance of cleanliness in the handling and processing of food.<br />
Your decision and that of others not to eat pork because of religious teachings of your faith is a personal decision. That is fine and you have the right to believe and practice your religion as you choose. You do not however, have the right to tell others how they must live or what they can eat. Nor do you have the right to look upon us with derision or hatred because we do not accept your religious teaching. Worship as you wish and leave me to live my life as I so choose.<br />
My apologies for misunderstanding/misinterpreting your question as a religious attack. I choose to eat pork for the same reasons I choose to eat beef, chicken, and other meats -- I enjoy the taste and texture and I was raised in a society where eating pork is considered normal and acceptable. The pork available today in American markets is lean, clean, and free of parasites. In fact, more people in America die or sicken as a result of vegetables that have been contaminated by human waste, mostly grown outside of our borders and imported. The other most common source of food-borne illness today is ground beef.
A very intelligent answer. Hey, the head rabbi of the largest synagogue in my village and his wife had concentration camp numbers tattooed on their arms. Were they compassionate people? HE wasn't. He told my grandmother after a head injury while hospitalized that a piece of paper he got her to sign was permission to get her mail while she washospitalized. It was a Power of Attorney, and he had twenty thousand dollars she'd saved all her working life to send me to college transferred to his congregation (a "donation" he scored he would've claimed). Although against bank rules, my father's friend, a v.p. of the congregation's bank, showed my father the bankbook. My father (in front of me) went to the rabbi's house & threatened to expose his crime publicly if that money wasn't transferred back to her asap. It was, but within a year, without consulting us, the rabbi had her moved to a nursing home in Brooklyn, New York, run by associates of his ("religious" Jews). They soon cleaned my grandmother's account out, never to be recovered, as part of the N.Y.City Nursing Home Scandal of 1975 (websearch it for some good but sad reading). "Religious" business Jews embezzling old Jews placed in their paid-for care... one head embezzler telling another (paraphrasing) "they're gonna die anyway, and they can't take the money with them, so we'll take it". All the embezzlers were strictly kosher.
Well, apart from religions, it is an industry in some countries so they have to follow up with some campaigns and diluting the realities. There is no doubt pork can be delicious but beef or lamb can be as well. However the eating habits of an animal certainly makes a difference in the flesh produced. <br />
Therefore its better to be safe but consuming it after proper satisfaction may work too for some...<br />
But its better to be safe when you have delicious alternatives
People choose to believe what they want to believe, and live in ignorance. Meat is unhealthy. Full stop. <br />
And people get pretty defensive about their choices, especially when it comes to the meat issue..
I agree. They may say "it is their right"...well....what about the animal? Pigs are as smart as dogs yet we condemn the Chinese for eating dog in many places. I see no difference, so I eat neither.
Thank you. You're 100% reasonable.
Modern confined raised pork is one of the cleanest meats there is.
I know from prior experience that meat makes me fatter faster than anything.<br />
I don't eat it.
LOL, red meat of any kind is among the most unhealthy foods you can eat. Forget the Jews and Muslims with their archaic ideas about hygiene and so many other things including how women should be treated. If eating healthy foods is important to you the Japanese have one the healthiest diets on the planet and the longevity to prove it. Those people eat raw eggs, shaved fish, and rice for breakfast.
Razor burn from shaved fish? Sorry, Just being naughty.
I don't know about you, but I get my bacon from cleaner pigs!
Two Words. Babyback Ribs. Take your religious bigotry and shove it where the sun don't shine.
Say it brother!
Janife....I don't like religion, but I agree with you for moral and scientific reasons....but as you have discovered....people are reactionary and defensive when you question their love of cooked flesh. I am sure the pigs appreciate your so called "bigotry".
I happened to go for my yearly physical last week. Yes I'm overweight.
BP - 125/74
Cholesterol - 155
Blood Sugar - 88
Besides the fact that pork has been a part of my country's traditional cuisine, I cannot find any facts to confirm that pork is in fact unhealty. As a matter of fact:<br />
Lean cuts of pork are high in protein, low in fat and have more B-vitamins (thiamin, niacin, B6 and B12) than many other types of meat. These vitamins play a role in a variety of body functions, including metabolism and energy production.<br />
(Source: Blog of Foodnetwork).
I took the liberty to compare the two sources. In Dr. Axe's Blog, he first states the danger of pigs exported from China containing more than 100 viruses (like almost anything from China). BUT: China does not currently export pigs to my country - and since I buy all my meats at the local butcher, I know where it's coming from. The second point he brought up that the animal digestive tract is unable to get rid of toxins. Well, guess what: Do not feed them toxins yet. That's another point of knowing where the stuff on your table comes from. If the farmer is a professional, he knows what not to feed his animals. The third point he brought up was Trichinellosis. A quick look upon wikipedia tells me that this worm can actually be contracted by eating raw pork. But who the hell wants to eat raw pork anyway? Besides: Any meat that is sold at my local butchery is inspected by the Veterinäramt, which specialises in locating these eggs. So, I am not worried about that. The last part he mentioned in his article is that the bible warns about it... Well, I don't usually care about what the bible says on big issues, so why I would on a rather trivial issue like the consumption of pork?
I don't eat pork. I grew up in a Christian/Jewish household. The dietary restriction regarding eating pork for Jews stems from cleanliness in food preparation. Pigs are considered filthy animals. Their habits are disgusting. That coupled with the way food was stored and prepared centuries ago is why Jews do not eat pork or other products from pigs.
I've read numerous times over the years of children and adults dying from hamburger meat (hamburgers) containing E.coli. I've never heard of one person even getting ill from the meat of pigs (notwithstanding my hatred of animal abuse and pigs being among the most intelligent animals there are).
because it isn't, it is actually healthier for you then beef or chicken. most all white meat is better.<br />
And pork was forbidden in the old testament for the jewish people(along with several other animals & seafood) but not for the gentiles(everyone not a jew) .Rabbits and camel weren't allowed either,or most birds,and anything not a fish. Their isn't any animal currently not allowed per the new testament except for the blood of any animal