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 Pigs 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. 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.
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).
When given adequate space, pigs can be very hygienic animals. There is one problem; Pigs only have a few sweat glands. 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 means 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.
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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. But there are kosher variants of these 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.
One of the many complaints against eating a biblical diet is that it is not affordable. In many cases this is true, which is why I recommend the following websites.
I must also add that while things such as beef are expensive, the vast majority of clean products are not too expensive and can be found in any store. You'll recognize them by either a K, U (or OU), P, or a V (Not a C or R those are company copyright and registered trademark signs) marking somewhere on the package, also known as a hechsher. There may also be a Star of David (I am not affirming if it an idol or not right now), Hebrew letters, or the word kosher. Below is a list of the different signs you may see which signify if a food is clean according to the Torah. I must say that each kosher certification agency has its own rules and interpretations of scripture, so you must analyze whatever you're eating very carefully. So far the most reliable agencies I have come across are the Orthodox Union and the Star-K, who have done a lot of work to ensure kosher certification even in small details such as the packaging in our foods which sometimes contains unclean animals that can seep into our food.
The U means it was approved by the Orthodox Union, one of the largest kosher certification companies in the world. This means it can be eaten at any time unless the item contains leaven, which is prohibited on Passover.
The K just means kosher. This means it can be eaten at any time unless the item contains leaven, which is prohibited on Passover.
The P means it was prepared without meat or milk, which related to the traditional understanding of Exodus 23 19 of boiling a calf in its mother's milk (I do not affirm that this interpretation is true yet I am still doing the research). This means it can be eaten at any time unless the item contains leaven, which is prohibited on Passover.
There is also a Passover sign, which usually says Kosher for Passover, OKP, etc.
And finally, we have the V, which means vegan. While the Bible does not command us to be vegan, eating a vegan product eliminates any worries about eating something from an unclean animal. This is not certified by Jews, but vegans although there are items certified by both.
These symbols may also be used in combinations. For example, an OU-P means that the product is certified for Passover use (containing no leaven) and it is kosher all year round because some companies have kosher varients of products for this occasion.
I hope to go into GMOs and additives at some point. For those of you who believe in the Bible, I have a scriptural argument down below.
- Should We Keep the Dietary Laws?
Can you really eat whatever you want?