Regardless of spiritual beliefs, pork seems to find its way into the homes of many African-Americans. It is a well know fact that several religious text condemn eating pork, but that hasn’t stopped most from consuming it.
Though science and religion rarely share similar perspectives, there are many scientific reasons for this condemnation of pork. Here are 5 horrifying things all African-Americans should know about swine consumption:
- Disease causing bacteria
Consumer Reports that 69 percent of all raw pork samples tested were contaminated with the dangerous bacteria Yersinia enterocolitica. Product testers analyzed 198 samples of whole and ground pork and found them to contain the little-known bacteria, which causes fever and gastrointestinal illness with diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramps.
Creepiest of all, the study found that many of the bacteria found in the pork were resistant to multiple antibiotics, suggesting that current methods of protecting meat from bacterial contamination are insufficient to deal with evolving mutations.
2. Pork is the cruelest thing you could ever eat
It takes the human body more than 6 hours to digest the smallest stake and pork eaters often eat more than just one stake per meal. Pork becomes a problem when consumed in excess and it builds up in your small intestines. It disrupts the natural processes in your digestive system and disables your ability to naturally absorb the most essential nutrients from the food you intake.
Another potential hazard that lies inside pork meat is the trichina worm that causes the infectious disease trichinosis. This particular worm is found in pork meat. If it enters the human body it lodges itself directly into the heart muscles and poses an immediate danger of fatal heart failure.
3. U.S. Pork Is Banned In Some Countries, Thanks To Heavy Use of Ractopamine
U.S. pork that just came under ownership of a Chinese company can’t even be sold in China. That’s because Smithfield and other U.S. pork producers dose hogs with a drug called ractopamine, which, like antibiotics, is used to speed growth. Because of the drug’s iffy safety record, pork from hogs dosed with it is banned in 160 countries, including China.
4. Eating Processed Pork Makes You Sadder
The sugar, salt, and nitrate preservatives used in these products can trigger low moods, migraines, and even swollen ankles, writes Drew Ramsey, MD, coauthor of The Happiness Diet. Pork meat is very perishable, so it’s more likely that you’ll eat processed pork filled with these depressing additives than fresh, unadulterated pork.
5. Eating meat hardens blood vessels
A compound found in red meat (and even used as an additive in some energy drinks) called carnitine has been found to cause atherosclerosis, the hardening or clogging of the arteries, according to a study published in the journal Nature Medicine.