• Peggi Ingram

Pork: The Other White Meat???

Interesting enough in 1987, an advertising campaign promoted pork as the 'other white' meat to promote its healthiness next to chicken and boost sales. While it boosted sales 20%, the healthiness of this meat is still extremely controversial.

Of course this was also the time of promoting low fat diets which means a change in what is in the product. Pork is not a white meat normally - really it is not. Take this from one who has been part of butchering pigs - Pork is red meat UNLESS the diet and habitat has been changed. (And in my opinion, there is nothing wrong with red meat.)

Over the last 50 years, the way food animals are raised and fed has changed dramatically, surprised to find that most of the food animals in the United States are no longer raised on farms at all. Instead they come from crowded animal factories, also known as large confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

These animal farms are always looking to decrease the amount it takes to get that little piglet to market. These animals are force fed unhealthy amounts of grain and antibiotics to keep them 'healthy' in the overcrowded factories along with non-food items such as animal waste, feathers, hair and plastics.

We are what we eat! If we are eating meat that is high in grain and antibiotics that is to fatten up the animal - this meat will do the same in our body.

Know where your meat (all meat) is coming from. An animal raised on a local farm, fed appropriately with minimal grains and no antibiotics will be the best for your own body.

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