After reading this I would say "not", what does everybody else say?
I buy all of mine locally from ranchers who pasture their pigs and they are finished on acorns. So it looks like my lard is about 8% PUFA, which is fine by me. All my bacon, chops, and sausages come from local ranches. The one exception is pork shoulder roasts, because they cost twice as much. The lovely carnitas on my stove right now would've cost me north of $40, so that's the one concession I make.
I just can't get excited about the minutia. Did my ancestors care if their game meat had an optimal O3 to O6 ratio? No. I feel like the best I can do is reduce my risk, make smart decisions, and then get on with it. I do try to make sure that chicken and pork aren't the cornerstone of my diet, but they are great for variety.
That being said, by dinnertime tonight, I will have had an accidental pork trifecta day: bacon for breakfast, leftover chop for lunch, carnitas for dinner. Sheesh.
EAT ! But never eat any food that is from an industrial feedlot (especially chicken). Pork is an almost perfect food and if you get it from Spain (small amounts are now allowed in the US) you will have the very best and discover that Pork is NOT a white meat. We over the years have breed the meat to be tastless and white. Eat real food solves many problems. Real food worked well before we screwed it up in the last century.
Weston A Price foundation has done some recent work regarding the traditional preparation of pork items, discovering that processed pork seems to be healthier (such as bacon).
Cultures have depended on pork first...the Chinese eat a lot of it. Traditionally pork is marinated or cured and not eaten fresh as is done in the west with the negative (inflammatory) repercussions on blood cells. His assessment seems extreme and alarmist.
For the biblical answer read Acts 10:9-17. Interesting how secular articles will do their fair share of scripture bending when it suits them. First of all don't eat pork laden with nitrates and garbage. Find a farmer from which you can by a whole or part of a hog and have it cut up your way by a local butcher. It ain't that hard. If that's not possible, find the most reputable source you can. Eat it fully cooked. Niacin, thiamine, B6. Really, when you look at the food chain every food is at risk. And believe me if you really want to know about kosher, don't talk to anyone who has worked in a commercial veal operation. I did when I was in high school, and to this day, I'd much rather eat canned ham. Ignorance is bliss.
You can eat: cow, lamb, bison, chicken, turkey, duck, fish, shark, whale, seal, bear, deer, frog, snake, alligator, elephant, mammoth, kangaroo, wallaby, elk, moose, tiger, lion, zebra, gorilla, chimpanzee, horse, shellfish, dog, rat, mouse, coyote, raccoon, skunk, marmot and gazelle.
But please, do not eat pork.
This always comes up with the bible verses. Do we really need to re-hash that tired old argument?
He has three issues with pork, to address them each:
Everytime I think about eating some I can't help but reflect on how expensive canned salmon is and how I'll be skewing my hard-earned ratios out! Heh.
But you know, I really want to try some, because I was raised with a few half-arsed Muslim principles, one being the taboo of pork. I hear how delicious bacon is fried with apples...
The problem with Dr. Mercola is one's inability to tell the difference between his outright charlatanism for personal gain, on the one hand, and his out-of-the-mainstream beliefs with potential validity, on the other. One of my professors attended undergrad with him. Then they went to medical school together. Then they did both internship and residency together. According to his experience with the man, Dr. Mercola was always somewhat inclined to lend credence to alternative practices, but it wasn't until he began to see a profit margin that he began to radically depart from CW.
Some of Dr. Mercola's ideas contain a grain of truth; some are considerably better than that; but some are of not just questionable efficacy, but questionable ethics. And all are directed toward both his vendetta against established medicine and the profitability of his bottom line. This is disingenuous to his followers, most of whom don't have the training and education to know what to trust and what to ignore.
As a medical professional, it is one's duty follow the data for the good of the patient, to criticize the establishment when it is failing, and uphold it when it is not; it is not one's duty to unilaterally slam the profession without regard to its value, especially not when it becomes in one's financial interest to do so. Medicine needs help, and regardless of the worth of some of his ides, Dr. Mercola is not helping it.
Dr. Emily Deans wrote an excellent post about much of this back in November:
I eat pork about everyday...hell I have some homemade bacon "curing" in the fridge right now.
I love to take a pork steak, get a great crust on it, finish it off in the oven, grab a nice pat of butter and throw it in the same pan, grab some thick cut mushrooms and throw them in to collect all those flavors that remained, and cook it Low and Slow…after maybe 20 minutes I remove the pork steak from the oven pouring any remaining fat that’s been collected from the oven bake over the mushrooms, turn the heat up a little, in that time I make some guacamole. I Remove the pork steak from the pan and I love to spread on top of the pork steak some guacamole and then top the guac’ with the mushrooms…on the side I have a small salad...To date I am down 35-ish pounds…behold the power of pork…I for one welcome our pork overlords! Truth.
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