"A giggle a day keeps the blues away." Piglet
March first is the National Pig Day. It began in 1972 when two sisters, Ellen Stanley and Mary Lynne Rave, decided it was time “to accord to the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals”. (1)
The truth is that most people like pigs for their taste than their intellect. Many of my patients asking if the pork meat is a healthy choice?
As a vegetarian I like pigs more as friend and pet rather than food. You can cosider me apid advocate tangled in the Charlotte's web. But to be fair to pork and bacon lovers I want to give them some facts regarding pork meat. Before I begin I need to remind you that the base of a nourshing and healthy diet is the moderation. We need nutrients in our body to fuel and compensate our body needs and not just to saticfy our taste buds and tempteation of our minds. We all need certain amount of the Macro and Micro nutrients. The DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) of protein is 0.36 grams per pound (0.8 grams per kg) of body weight. This amounts to: 56 grams per day for the average sedentary man and 46 grams per day for the average sedentary woman.(2) Athletes may need 1.5-2.5 times more depend on their training and activities.(3)
Back to pork meat and gain and 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of cooked ground pork contains can give you:(4)
Protein: 25.7 grams
Fat: 20.8 grams
And also vitamins and minerals:
Vitamins B6 and B12
On the other hand pork meat has a very high ratio of the Omega-6 fatty acids (compare to its Omega-3) which can cause systemic inflammation. The pork meat is usually processed cured by nitrites and nitrates, sulfates or sulfites and other chemical preservatives which can increased the risk of cancer, and some other chronic conditions. Dr. Axe mentions that pork meat contains more toxins, because the way that their digestive system function and few functional sweat glands. (5) Unfortunately the way that animals raise in the factory farm causing the accumulations of the toxins and stress hormones in their body.
So what's the moral and health conclusion?
Remeber you can get your protein and fat from plants as well as the animal protein.
When you want to shop for animal meat try to shop for organic, pasture raised meat.
P.I.G. stands for Pour In Giggles. Giggles can help with the stimulation of the parasympatic nervous system, stimulation of the Vagus nerve percisely which in return help you with better digestion and less inflammation.
Hope life brings lots of gigglish feelings to your heart!
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