Pork is the most delicious and widely eaten meat in the world which is 38 percent of the world’s total meat production. Pork is soft and juicy and has an extra skinny taste like chicken.
However, the Americans use this pork meat to make Bacon which is a type of salt-cured pork. Bacon is highly loved by the Americans so it’s not a surprise that 65% of this population are really excited to make bacon the country’s national food.
Pork is also popular in East and Southeast Asia, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Oceania. Unfortunately, pork is one of the most dangerous meats carrying some life-threatening risks that any consumer should be aware of.
Pig is a scavenger and not meant for human consumption. Pigs are considered the garbage and waste eliminators of the farm, often eating anything they can find -bugs, insects, own feces, dead carcasses of sick animals, including their own and whatever they will see laying around.
Eating pork makes you vulnerable to contracting dangerous diseases like the ones discussed below:
- Hepatitis E:
Pork liver is the main food-based transmitter of hepatitis E, a virus that is responsible for infecting 20 million people with acute illness each year. The symptoms include fever, fatigue, jaundice, vomiting, joint pain, and stomach pain. In 2% of cases, Hepatitis E can become severe, causing an enlarged liver and sometimes liver failure and death.
Yersinia enterocolitica is a genus of bacteria in the family of Yersiniaceae. Undercooked or raw pork affected by the Yersinia bacteria can cause Yersiniosis. CDC has estimated that Yersinia enterocolitica is reported to lead almost 117,000 illnesses, 640 hospitalizations, and 35 deaths in the USA every year.
- Liver Cancer and Cirrhosis:
Cirrhosis damages the liver cells. Cirrhosis is also known to increase the risk of liver cancer. An Ottawa research team have shown that people who drink alcohol and consume pork become more vulnerable to suffer from the potentially fatal liver disease compared to people who consume other types of meat and dietary fats.
Researchers believe if pork can cause liver cirrhosis then chances are higher it may also promote liver cancer because inflamed tissues are prone to become cancerous. However, there is a strong link between pork consumption and the primary liver cancer, Hepatocellular Carcinoma.
- Trichinosis dangers
Trichinosis is an infection caused by Trichinella virus and it is mainly contracted by humans through the consumption of raw pork and pork products, such as pork sausage. Pork based food products have proven to be the leading transmitter of Trichinosis.
The severity of symptoms can vary from person to person depending on the number of consumed infectious worms in the meat. Trichinosis can damage body tissues and when it is ingested the parasitic worms will spread through the intestinal tract to affect other tissues, such as muscle etc.