What are pork chitterlings?
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What are pork chitterlings?

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Pork chitterlings are the intestines of a pig. They are popular in the United States and are commonly known as chitlins. Pork chitterlings are served more during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays accompanied by side dishes of collard greens and other traditional Southern foods.

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Pork chitterlings are hard to clean and can have a powerful, unpleasant odor. Commercially purchased chitterlings have been partially cleaned, but they still need to be cleaned before cooking. This ensures that bacterial contamination and illness are avoided.

African American slaves in early America did not have many food choices and were given scraps of animal meat, which their owners deemed unacceptable for eating. The West African tradition of eating all edible parts of animals and plants allowed the slaves to survive.

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    What is an easy chitterlings recipe?

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    Prepare chitterlings by cleaning them well, soaking them in cold water, boiling them and adding several ingredients for flavor during the simmer stage. Chitterlings are easy to prepare but take several hours of preparation time.

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    Which is healthier: pork or beef?

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    Choosing between pork and beef depends on one’s fitness goals; if one wants to lose weight, pork is slightly lower in calories, but if one is trying to build muscle or add weight, beef is slightly better. Because of the similar nutritional content of the two types of meat, the choice between the two is fairly equivalent.

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    Is pork healthy?

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    As stated in the San Francisco Chronicle, there are health benefits to eating pork as part of a balanced diet. It delivers essential nutrients and vitamins, such as B12 and niacin as well as zinc, iron and potassium. It is also considered to be one of the leanest meats available.

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    Why is pork bad for you?

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    Pork is considered bad because of the number of viruses, toxins and parasites that are often found in this meat, as claimed by Dr. Axe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that nearly 100 viruses enter the United States every year via pigs delivered from China.

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