Friday, August 26, 2011

Greet the Meat

I've got swine on the mind, and not the pink type that walks on four hooves and says oink! I'm talking bout the kind you find sizzling in the center of a frying pan.  I blame Lady E for this current infatuation.

I had a recent brunch convo that consisted of a theory of why bacon tastes so amazing.  I was told a pig takes 30 days to digest its meal,  during this time the meal is allowed to flow through the pig belly and all the nutrient & toxin is absorbed into the muscle, fat & tissue of the animal.  ahhh that sweet delicious toxin. Since this conversation I have researched and found this information to be completely BOGUS!     I'm devastated, brunch is sacred to me. So in turn I quickly did a search over the ever so trustworthy internet.

  • The meat and fat of a pig absorbs toxins like a sponge. Their meat can be 30 times more toxic than beef or venison.
  • When eating beef or venison, it takes 8 to 9 hours to digest the meat so what little toxins are in the meat are slowly put into our system and can be filtered by the liver. But when pork is eaten, it takes only 4 hours to digest the meat. We thus get a much higher level of toxins within a shorter time.
  • Unlike other mammals, a pig does not sweat or perspire. Perspiration is a means by which toxins are removed from the body. Since a pig does not sweat, the toxins remain within its body and in the meat. Courtesy of

For being just a strip of bacon, it sure does get a lot of fan fare.  I'm a vegetarian, have been for over ten years. It's not something I wear on my sleeve, or something I campaign for, it's just an eating preference. I've often said, if it was difficult, I wouldn't do it.

Being a vegetarian I have found it interesting how often I am having to say "hold the meat".  I've said it so often, one would think I was on a Midwest Bathhouse tour.

Veggie Tales:

The Story of Bloody Mary:  

unknowingly I have downed many a glass of beef broth based Mary from a favorite Brunch spot of mine, I was told this years into my veggie diet.  I couldn't help but think of all the liquefied cows I've sucked through a straw.

Potato Salad Proverb:  

I've always made the claim that I could eat off any menu; with just a lit'l creativity and patience I have been able to enjoy meals by ordering up sides and getting gutsy by asking the waiter for substitutions. One instance I was foiled when a side of potato salad came dressed w/ a drizzle of bacon crumbles, in retrospect this seem fair but who knew I had a chef w/ a loose trigger finger for pig drippings.

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They call Bacon the Granddaddy of all Meat, the piece de resistance, the sacred swine. If I wanted to leave vegetarianism I would choose pig as my Blaze of Glory:

Todd's Meat Come Back Tour:

  • Sloppy Joe's
  • Diner Chicken Fried Steak
  • Beef Stroganoff-----pronounced  "strokemoff"
  • Corn Dog
  • Spiral Cut Ham w/ pineapple rings

That tour is on hold for the moment.......that'll do pig, that'll do. 


  1. I used to be a veg until I looked in the mirror one day and found that I wasn't. A bacon cheeseburger was on that nights menu.

  2. Yeah reading this is exactly why I was so stoked to go veg -- now as an off-the-wagon-veg the meat guilt is super kickin' in!

    Oddly I have only partaken a burger -- no pork, chicken, or otherwise for me.

    Damn you grilled burgers!

  3. Hmmm, I hear you can do more damage with a single jalapeno than a pan full of bacon ;)

  4. You know what tastes the best..... hands down..... vegans!

  5. After reading this I don't think I could face bacon again. Or pork.
    My 5 year old son realised a few months ago that pork came from pig, beef from cows and lamb was lamb. He was surprised, and slightly horrified. I think should all be a little sceptical about eating things that hide what they are.