Pork cuisines though are known for their delicious taste can actually affect the body in a negative way. It may appear to be a religious doctrine as different religions consider pork to be ‘unclean’. However, religious doctrines are not being discussed here. Yet, some scientific researches have backed the fact that pork might not be actually a good choice for people interested in healthy living.
Before starting with the impacts of pig meat, it will be ideal to start with the basic facts like their food habit. Known as scavengers, pig’s intake almost everything they find available. Be it feces, urine or any other harmful substance but they fail to digest it in within their digestive period of four hours. Thus, the toxic elements are left behind in their organs or fat cells, which when consumed can make negative impact on human body.
You may know that traditionally some people preferred to preserve pork by salt curing and smoking, while other liked to get it marinated in vinegar or other acetic substances before cooking. However, things have changed now and many people do not just make the effort of preserving or marinating. They simply cook it fresh, which in turn affect their health. You may not know that a test conducted on approximately 200 pork samples indicated that 69 percent of them carried toxic elements. Some also carried Yersinia enteroclitica microorganisms known for causing cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, gastrointestinal problems as well as fever. The reports also indicated that ground pork is more at risk compared to solid pork, as it tested positive for several contaminations including ractopamine. The substance has been banned in China and European nations. Therefore, its presence in pig meat has raised many eyebrows as it can cause severe harmful effect on health.
Apart from that, pigs carry a large number of infections and parasites. Eating their flesh can get those transferred to human body, which in turn can make detrimental affects on health. Therefore, before you eat pork, it will be ideal for you to get yourself informed with the names of some parasites or infections found in their body.
Hepatitis E- known to be a viral irritation, it can lead to problems like weariness, nausea and even jaundice. In some severe cases, it may also cause liver cirrhosis and fibrosis.
Trichinella- A dangerous roundworm known for its parasitic nature if enters the body can lead to malaise, fever, myalgia and edema.
Menangle infection- A harmful infection can be responsible for sweating, migraines, chills and fever.
Taenia solium- Scientifically proven as an intestinal parasite, it can lead to appetite loss and tissue contamination.
The names mentioned above may make you feel that medical science is now considering pork as a forbidden thing. However, it is not actually so. Doctors are trying to make you aware of the possible illness caused from this flesh and how it can be avoided by proper cooking. Yet, some of the germs may remain even after cooking and you need to know apply some tricks for preventing the toxic elements to affect your well being.
Never store raw pork with other eatables.
Always check the right temperature while cooking pork. Regular pork should not be cooked below 145F while for ground pork the temperature should be no less than 160F.
Consume natural pork and not the ones treated with ractopamine or any other antibiotic medications.
Always buy porks that come with USDA Process Verified proclamation stating, “No anti-infections agents used”. You can also opt for pork with labels like, “certified humane “or “creature welfare approved.”
Make sure to wash your hands properly after handling raw flesh.
A few words about the pork raised in organic pasture
Pig raised in the organic pasture are safer for human health as they generally do not contain any harmful infections or anti-biotic. Even though some are contaminated by pork worm or Trichinella spiralis, there is nothing to worry about as it can be removed during the traditional cooking process. However, you may get negative impact on your health, if you use any short-cut method.
As Joel Salatin puts it, pork obtained from CAFO farms might not be safe for health as these are treated with anti-microbial elements with their food. However, the ones raised in Salatin’s farm are free from any such harmful agents and can be considered safe for health. Therefore, if you have so far relied on the flesh from CAFO, it’s high time that you look for an alternative choice. Consuming CAFO meat may make significant adverse effect on human health in the long run, even though it is a popular choice in the market. So, make your decision wisely.
An insight to the way of raising pigs used for consumption
Many of you may find it quite disappointing but the pig meat consumed in the United States is obtained from the ones raised in factory farms. This clearly indicates that the pigs neither get a chance to walk in the sun or play in the grass. Confined in the storerooms of the factories, these pigs fail to get the required nourishment naturally and are fed with different items that help in increasing their weight in just no time. As the pigs are not brought up normally, they are often treated with medicines or anti-infections for their growth, which in turn affect humans adversely.
When you are eating pork, you should try to get the one, which has led a healthy life in the field. The ones raised in factory sheds have to dwell in a small place, which make them eat and sleep in their own urine, feces or vomit, which in turn affects their standard of life. Some may also suffer from mange or permanent rashes. The presence of harmful gas like ammonia in pig’s waste often affect their lungs and make them prone to pneumonia. However, the ones raised organically in the open are free from any such side effects and seldom possess any threat to your health. Therefore, when you think of buying pork, you should do some research on its source of origin.