Dear Pork Eaters: You Might Be Hosting Parasites & Brain Worms!

Dear Pork Eaters: You Might Be Hosting Parasites & Brain Worms!

The domestic pig originates from the Eurasian wild boar. Scientist have sequenced mitochondrial DNA and nuclear genes from wild and domestic pigs from Asia and Europe. Clear evidence was obtained for domestication to have occurred independently from wild boar subspecies in Europe and Asia. Hernando de Soto is the true “father of the American pork industry.” He brought America’s first 13 pigs to Tampa Bay, Fla., in 1539. As the herds grew, explorers used the pigs not only for eating as fresh meat but for salt pork and preserved pork.

One of the biggest concerns with eating pork meat is trichinosis or trichinellosis. This is an infection that humans get from eating under-cooked or uncooked pork that contains the larvae of the trichinella worm. In some countries and cultures, they actually consume pork raw!

Pork is the most widely consumed meat in the world. People eat many different pork products, such as bacon, sausage and pork chops. You might grill pork ribs in the summer, or you might enjoy a Christmas ham. A 250 pound market hog yields about 150 pounds of pork. In addition to pork, several valuable products come from swine. These include insulin for the regulation of diabetes, valves for human heart surgery, suede for shoes and clothing, and gelatin for foods and non-food uses. Swine by-products are also important parts of products such as water filters, insulation, rubber, antifreeze, certain plastics, floor waxes, crayons, chalk, adhesives and fertilizer (USDA, 2016). Lard is fat from pig abdomens and is used in shaving creams, soaps, make-up, baked goods and other foods. More:

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