Why Is Pork Bad for You?


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Pork is considered bad because of the number of viruses, toxins and parasites that are often found in this meat, as claimed by Dr. Axe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that nearly 100 viruses enter the United States every year via pigs delivered from China.

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A number of diseases found in pigs can be passed to humans, such as the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu. In general, pork meat is considered to have more toxins in it than both chicken and beef. This is due to how quickly pigs digest their food, which is just four hours. Cows take nearly 24 hours to digest food. During the digestive process, animals get rid of the toxins in their food. With such a short digestion time, pigs are unable to remove all of the toxins, so it ends up being stored in their fatty tissues.

Pigs carry a large variety of parasites, and many of these are hard to kill even during the cooking process. This is why the CDC warns against eating pork that is not thoroughly cooked. One of the biggest concerns when eating pork meat is trichinellosis. This is a type of infection that humans can get from eating undercooked pork that contains the larvae of the trichinella parasite.

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