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. 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.
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 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?
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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.
To know if an item is kosher, look for the marking on it. It will be usually be some form of a K, U, P, or a V. The most common one is the Orthodox Union sign, the U inside of an O found on some food items. The V is also a symbol you can find, but the difference is that this item is certified vegan by usually non religious people.
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.
The Unclean Food Deception (For Christians, Messianics, Hebrew Roots, etc.)
- The Unclean Food Deception
Can you really eat whatever you want?