OTHER good reasons to avoid eating pork
Consequently, pigs are walking vessels of parasites, viruses and other destructive organisms. A few of the many organisms that pork can transmit to humans include:
Taenia solium — An intestinal parasite that can cause cysticercosis (tissue infection) and loss of appetite.
Menangle virus — An unpleasant virus that can cause fever, rashes, chills, sweating and headaches for between 10 and 14 days.
Hepatitis E — A viral liver inflammation that can trigger jaundice, fatigue and nausea. Chronic instances can lead to liver fibrosis and cirrhosis.
Trichinella — A parasitic roundworm that can cause fever, malaise, edema and myalgia.
Yersinia enterocolitica — A volatile bacterium which, according to an investigation byConsumer Reports, was present in 69 percent of all raw pork samples tested.
It can cause gastrointestinal distress, fever and, in the most extreme cases, fatal infections.
Moreover, unlike most other meats, there is no safe temperature at which pork can be cooked to guarantee that all these organisms and their eggs will be killed. Even freezing pork doesn’t ensure that all organisms, especially certain species of worm, will be killed. As a result, even the most meticulously prepared pork will often contain harmful parasites and viruses.
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