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Why I Do Not Recommend Pork - Nearly 70 Percent Contaminated with Dangerous Pathogens

Eating Pork

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  • According to Consumer Reports, 69 percent of all raw pork samples tested were contaminated with the dangerous bacteria Yersinia enterocolitica, which can cause fever and gastrointestinal illness. Ground pork was more likely than pork chops to be contaminated
  • The pork also tested positive for other contaminants. More than 20 percent of samples contained the controversial drug ractopamine, which is banned in many countries, including Europe and China
  • Many of the bacteria found in the pork were resistant to multiple antibiotics
  • If you choose to eat pork, I recommend seeking a naturally raised, pastured source, although this is no guarantee of safety. Pastured pigs are vulnerable to Trichinella spiralis infection—aka “pork worm”—due to their exposure to wild hosts. Trichinella is one of the most widespread parasites in the world, and can cause potentially serious health complications

By Dr. Mercola

Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, there may be good reason to carefully consider your decision to include pork as a regular part of your diet, because despite advertising campaigns trying to paint pork as a "healthy" alternative to beef, research suggests it may be hazardous to your health on multiple levels. One of the most potentially acute hazards is contamination with pathogenic bacteria.


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