ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Food and Cooking»
  • Food Safety

Swine Products

Updated on July 15, 2017
AF Mind profile image

After finding out the various harmful effects of processed food, Kevin has been trying to lead a healthier lifestyle and share his journey.

Why Worry?

Why don't we hear about how pork is bad for us? And if it was, how come we are allowed to eat it? Here is the answer. When we do not pay attention to what we eat it can have harmful effects on your body if you are not careful. You can be a pure vegetarian with a six pack and pearly white teeth and be dying from these additives. Think about it. Have you ever really done any research into the ingredients on the box? Sure it might be FDA approved, but you still have the right to know what is going in your body and what it can do. After all this is the government that legalizes cigarettes, so I would not trust it too much when it comes to my personal health. Here are some examples of the harmful effects of pork and how we can avoid it.

What Does a Pig Eat?

Over the years, domesticated pigs have been used as scavengers and will eat anything from garbage to dead animals and human wastes. So when you eat this animal, you are potentially consuming waste, garbage, or another unclean animal. I don't know about you, but I am not one for eating pork loins with a side of Sprite cans and dead raccoon. This pig could potentially have all of this filth in its system and then it goes into your system.

Fat and Toxins

  • "There are reasons that the meat of the pig becomes more saturated with toxins than many of its counterpart farm animals. The first reason has to do with the digestive system of a pig. A pig digests whatever it eats rather quickly, in up to about four hours. On the other hand, a cow takes a good 24 hours to digest what it’s eaten. During the digestive process, animals (including humans) get rid of excess toxins as well as other components of the food eaten that could be dangerous to health. Since the pig’s digestive system operates rather basically, many of these toxins remain in its system to be stored in its more than adequate fatty tissues ready for our consumption." (Why You Should Avoid Pork by Dr. Josh Axe.)

Swine has tons of artery-clogging cholesterol and saturated fat. This can drastically increase your weight as well as increase your chances of developing heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, asthma, trichinosis, or impotence. So just by eating pork, you are increasing your chances of developing life threatening diseases. Compare this to other protein filled foods and they do not compare in the potential side effects. You can justify it by saying pork has protein in it.

The Natural Cycle

  • "What do you do with your garbage? Do you just throw it away or do you recycle it? Recycling helps us make good use of our resources. In nature there are lots of animals responsible for recycling."
  • "Some animals eat dead animals or carrion. They are called scavengers. They help break down or reduce organic material into smaller pieces. These smaller pieces are then eaten by decomposers. Decomposers eat dead materials and break them down into chemical parts. Nitrogen, carbon and other nutrients can then be used again by plants and animals. Without decomposers and scavengers, the world would be covered with dead plants and animals!" (Decomposers and Scavengers).


Disgusting Conditions

When given adequate space, pigs can be very hygienic animals. There is one problem; Pigs do not have sweat glands, so they cannot sweat. That’s why they bathe in water or mud to cool off. So even when being raised on a farm, the conditions they put themselves in prove unhealthy for us. But to make matters worse, in factory farms they don't get to have that luxury. They are forced to live in filth. So this is going into your mouth.

If that is not enough for someone, here is how they are killed. Part of preparation includes having their hair removed in hot water tanks. But the methods used to stun them have been becoming improper. That and the fast line does not help. This mean that some of the animals are still alive when they are dumped into scalding-hot hair-removal tanks. I want you to think about the horrid conditions this animal is put through just so you can eat a sandwich. And think about what might be in your mouth when you read about these conditions. Doesn't sound too good, does it?

DISTURBING CONTENT: Undercover at Smithfield Foods (2012 Webby Award Winner)

How Do I Avoid It?

Look for the following ingredients when purchasing food products: gelatin, lard, collagen, clyverin, animal fats, monoglycerides, diglycerides, magnesium stearate, calcium stearate, enzymes and rennet. Odds are these ingredients do not come from a kosher source. An example is the mono ingredients.


  • Another major category of emulsifiers is called monoglycerides. Fat molecules (triglycerides) are composed of three fatty acids connected to one molecule of glycerin. A monoglyceride is produced by splitting off one of these fatty acids and combining it with another molecule of glycerin, or by splitting off two fatty acids.
  • Monoglycerides are excellent emulsifiers and may be used alone, further reacted with other chemicals, or used in combination with other emulsifiers to achieve the desired results. (The diglycerides that are a by-product of this process have no active emulsification properties and may be left in the product, creating a product called mono– ordiglyceride, or removed to leave purified distilled monoglycerides.)
  • In addition to emulsifying oil and water, mono- and diglycerides offer an additional advantage to the food industry. Although these products are derived from fat, a quirk in labeling law makes them no longer considered fats and foods that contain them may be labeled “fat free.”
  • The production of this type of emulsifier poses a number of Kashrus concerns. First, the source of the original fat must be Kosher. Unfortunately, animal fat is often significantly less expensive than vegetable fat, and both produce an equally functional monoglyceride.
  • An economic incentive therefore exists to use animal-based monoglycerides, especially because the animal-based version may be added to a “vegetable oil” product without being declared an animal derived. (These emulsifiers are permitted in 100 percent vegetable oil without further labeling.) In addition, even if all the ingredients of a given emulsifier are vegetable based, many emulsifier manufacturers produce both animal- and vegetable-based versions on the same equipment.
  • These facilities therefore require careful cleaning and Kashering to produce Kosher products. An additional concern stems from the glycerin that is added to produce such emulsifiers. Synthetic glycerin is produced from petroleum and poses no inherent Kashrus concern. However, as noted in the description of the production of soap, the splitting of a triglyceride results in the production of glycerin, and commercial glycerin is produced from both animal and vegetable fat sources. Care must therefore be taken that the glycerin used in the production of Kosher emulsifiers come from Kosher sources.

Source: Kosher Certification: Emulsifiers



Watch out, because food isn't the only thing that can contain pork. Things such as medications, cosmetics, detergents, cleansers, soaps and toothpastes often contain hidden pork. Look out for the words collagen, keratin and tallow in these products, as they are all made from swine. If you find any more ingredients that are derived from pork, let me know. And like I said, just because you see any of these listed does not mean it is not kosher. But it means that most likely, it is not. I avoided ice cream like the plague when I saw monoglycerides in them, until I found out that some (keyword SOME) ice cream manufacturers are certified kosher.

This is why he said not to eat pork in Leviticus 11:7-8, Deuteronomy 14:8, and Isaiah 66:17.

I hope this post has made you reconsider the value of your health. Now let's go into GMOs, additives, and more.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • AF Mind profile image
      Author

      AF Mind 8 months ago

      All criticism is welcome so long as it is cordial. Thank you so much. I will make some changes later on. Take care now.

    • profile image

      ThoughtViking 8 months ago

      To me your article seems more like an opinion piece rather then factual piece.

      Format is a large part of this, using facts and quoting sources in article would highlight a more thoughtful and well read person. It would also show, that although you didn't quote all facts of these studies you have a lenency to use factoids rather then reaching for feeling (This is especially important when your talking about health and what pork products do to the human body, rather then watching piggies get boiled alive[Although that is important too]).

      I think you also should really try to seperate feeling and pushing a certain bias to these factoids. Rather then saying "My way of thinking is best based on X". Lead the reader to that conclusion themselves rather then coming off as too preachy, and forcing it down their throat.

      I would also implore you greatly to double check facts (I do know some health as well as biology as well as food) some "opinions/facts" that you highlighted, does not include all known sources of information and can also have opposing studies/tests/information.

      *Aside: In these cases it is best to check whom or what group is doing these tests, if they are trust worthy, if their control/sample is correct or even if indeed they are not really fudging their findings to agree with an agenda

      Again, this is cherry picking and the best way to present yourself, and become a trust source is to include and correctly outline different sources then those that back your views.

      It is ok to say "This study says X but this one says Y". State that your opinion is more leaning to one or the other based on certain factors (but be clear this is your opinion and that you yourself can only attest on the information availible.)

      Be clear, concise, and good luck.