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originally posted by: Yeahkeepwatchingme
a reply to: Char-Lee
Is this the same as the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus that's been going around?
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PED)
Is it as disgusting as it sounds?
Yes. PEDv is a coronavirus that causes vomiting and severe diarrhea in pigs. Most adult pigs can survive the virus, but PEDv kills 80-to-100 percent of all piglets who fall ill. The virus is spread orally and through feces, and is highly contagious. Reuters reports that one tablespoon of manure infected with PEDv could infect the entire U.S. hog herd, or about 66 million pigs.
How did it get to the U.S.?
It's not clear how this bout of PEDv was introduced to the States, but some suspect that pig feed, which often contains dehydrated pig's blood, could be at fault. Some experts hypothesize that this strain comes from China,
originally posted by: chiefsmom
Just look at everything that is being posted in this thread. Easy to see the problem.
Bacon has always been cool.
Being a hipster, and trying to "Make" everything cool, is the trend now.
So hipsters are the problem.
They need to stay the hell away from bacon. Us old people don't do trends. Hence why bacon has always been cool.
You probably won't be surprised to learn that 68% of bacon's calories come from fat, almost half of which is saturated. Each ounce of bacon contributes 30 milligrams of cholesterol (not to mention the cholesterol from the eggs that often accompany bacon.
The American Heart Association recommends limiting saturated fat to less than 7% of your total calories (that’s less than 16 daily grams of saturated fat for someone eating 2,000 calories a day).
But here's the bad news: When it comes to increasing the risk for certain cancers, things get downright scary for bacon lovers. Not only is bacon considered a red meat, it’s also a member of the dreaded "processed meat" group (even turkey bacon falls into this category. And NO amount of processed meat is considered safe to eat, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.
originally posted by: SoldierCarryingHashbrowns
Because it's just f#king good food!
This is a picture of me when I lift my toast and find a surprise piece of bacon that I have missed.
Bad news: Bacon could be linked to a lower sperm count.
Bad news: Bacon, and other processed meats, may be associated with other unhealthy lifestyle choices.
A study published in the journal BMC that analyzed 448,568 men and women between the ages of 25 and 69 from different countries found out that those who ate more processed meat were linked to premature death due to cardiovascular disease or certain types of cancer. The researchers argued that this was because those people were also more likely to indulge in bad lifestyle choices, like smoking, drinking alcohol in excess and not eating fruits or vegetables.
America has an undeniable love affair with bacon. On average, Americans each eat about 18 pounds of bacon a year. And considering the number of people who don't eat pork or any meat at all, some of them are scarfing down a disproportionate number of the approximately 5,760,000,000 pounds of pig strips consumed across the country each year.
Bad news: Factory-farmed pigs are more likely to get you sick than free-range ones.
Factory-farmed animals usually live in concrete cells with no outside interaction. Nutritionist Sara Bilbe says, "Pigs are fairly intelligent animals and this lack of stimulation in these cells leads to high stress levels and therefore high illness." The Week reports that MRSA, a bacteria that has a strong resistance to antibiotics, has been found on factory pig farms in Canada, which sells millions of live pigs to the US
originally posted by: nonspecific
I'm pretty sure it's the number one reason vegetarians give in over here.
originally posted by: Nyiah
No, no, it's not a fad...