Offended by Pork

  1. I am just curous to know about everyones views on pork. I love a good salty pork tasting ham! I love a good pork chop! Sausage mmm mmm!!!

    I know a lot of people don't eat pork and am curious as to why? I understand that some religions don't eat pork but I don't now why. I know that pork does have little cysts inside that may form tapeworms, is this the big deal?

    I am truly curious to know everyone's opinons! Thanks
  2. 77 Comments

  3. by   lil' girl
    dueteronomy 14:8 and the swine, because its parts the hoof but does not chew the cud: it is unclean to you.
  4. by   Aneroo
    I've noticed in particular that people of middle eastern origin do not eat mean, but esp pork. I dated a guy from India, and he helped me understand. He said that they viewed animals as important. His example was cows (he had pet cows growing up!). He explained that the cow was somethings mother, and was vital to life. Kinda help make sense. Some people jsut don't like the way eating meat makes them feel. It's not that they are worried about killing animals...they just feel yucky after eating meat. -Andrea (who loves a big medium rare steak)
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    Blame it on Microbiology and those microscopes and the little worm.

    I love chili verde with pork . ... but I can't make myself eat it anymore.

    sigh ... .

  6. by   abundantjoy07
    For religious reasons. Many people view pork as being unclean...see lil girls post.
  7. by   nursegoodguy
    This is just my own personal belief and I truly don't fault anyone who has a different perspective regarging "food", this just works for me...

    I've chosen to be oval/lacto vegetarian not for health reasons but because I believe that all things in creation have a soul...
    I still eat eggs, cheese drink milk but won't eat anything that looks like it had a pulse!
    It's not for my health but for the love of the animals...
    I just believe we are supposed to love, care for and respect all of creation.
    And yes I also believe that plants have a soul too but I have to eat something! It's just different eating plants than eating what was once a living animal who lived it's life in captivity, bred to be nothing more than food for me! All things need love!
    As time goes on I become more steadfast in my conviction and see myself avoiding more foods that I know have some sort of animal product used in their making. It's difficult for sure like trying to avoid sodium in prepared foods!
    Then you have times like today... one of my Favorite techs brought in posole and she told me she wanted me to try it... She said she knew that I was vegetarian but she made the posole! And yes it was made with pork! Well it was more of an offerering of love from her so I accepted the cup of posole and had a few spoonfuls of the juice, some hominy but left the pork aside!
    To me it wasn't posole but a token of love and no matter what when someone offers themselves I will bend and mold myself to the situation to the best of my ability! Love wins out everytime!
  8. by   nursegoodguy
    I use to Love Chicken, Salmon you name it! There wasn't a food I didn't like!
  9. by   student_girl
    I'm vegan. I just can't stand eating a poor animal that was brutally murdered only so I could eat. For more information:
  10. by   fotografe
    I have never been too fond of pork -- especially ham. I have been known in the past to have some Jimmy Dean sausage and gravy, but have since switched to turkey or soy breakfast products. I don't know why, but it's texture perhaps, turned me off. Ham just grossed me out because it is pink. I really don't eat much in the way of beef either. I stopped that after visiting the Farm-In-The-Zoo in Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. They had a diagram on the wall on how a cow becomes a hamburger. I just kept looking between those big brown-eyed bossies and that diagram and decided I just couldnt' eat them. For some reason, the chickens and turkeys I have met haven't touched me quite the same way.

    Anyway, pork is forbidden in my husband's religion, so we just dont' ever consider eating it. My guess is it was just too risky to eat in the desert in the olden days, but it is the whole "unclean" thing that is the official reason.
  11. by   teeituptom
    I dont eat pork because my wife tells me not to, thats all the reason I need.
  12. by   UM Review RN
    I know that pork does have little cysts inside that may form tapeworms, is this the big deal?
    Trichinosis:From the CDC website:
    "Trichinellosis, also called trichinosis, is caused by eating raw or undercooked meat of animals infected with the larvae of a species of worm called Trichinella",

    If you eat raw or undercooked meats, particularly bear, pork, wild feline (such as a cougar), fox, dog, wolf, horse, seal, or walrus, you are at risk for trichinellosis.
    That presupposes two things happening here. One, the meat has to be infected, and two, the meat has to be undercooked.

    I eat pork, I just make sure it's well-done. Personally, I think raw-fish eaters take more of a chance than I do.
  13. by   teeituptom
    raw fish is used for fish bait not to be eaten ny humans
  14. by   talaxandra
    Both the Jewish and Muslim religions include restrictions about food, including but not limited to not eating pork. I know very little about Muslim dietary prohibitions, but in Judaism seafood is also forbidden (because bivalves, shrimp etc are scavengers and therefore themselves ate meat, as opposed to being vegetarian like the other animals that are eaten by people).

    As I understand it, the practice of not eating meat and dairy together has its roots in the barbaric practice of stewing a newborn calf in its mother's milk.

    It's probably true that these prohibitions stemmed from food-bourne diseases like trichinosis, but keeping kosher is now an integral part of Judaic practice. Of course, many people who identify as Jewish are non-observant about these practices, but in my (limited) expereince the same is not true for Muslims.

    Hope this helps