Frankenpork

Gina Kolota of The New York Times reports that cloned pigs may be the nutritional holy grail. Recently researchers from three major universities genetically modified a group of swine to make pork that's rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

Harvard professor of clinical medicine Alexander Leaf says:

"People can continue to eat their junk food," Dr. Leaf said. "You won't have to change your diet, but you will be getting what you need."

The article glosses over the important point: even with beneficial omega 3 fatty acids pork meat still contains saturated fats and cholesterol. This is from Dr. Fuhrman's book Eat to Live, in which he discusses the risk of heart disease as it relates to the consumption of animal products:

Poring through nation-by-nation mortality data collected by the World Health Organization, I found that most of the poorer countries, which invariably consume little animal products, have less than 5 percent of the adult population dying of heart attacks.1 The China Project confirmed that there were virtually no heart attacks in populations that consume a lifelong vegetarian diet and almost no heart attacks in populations consuming a diet that is rich in natural plant foods and receives less than 10 percent of its calories from animals.

For more of Dr. Fuhrman's thoughts about meat, read his post from Friday.

1. World Health Statistics Annual, 1999 Edition. Available online from WHO Statistical Information System (WHOSIS), www.who.int/whoiss.com

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Robin K - March 27, 2006 2:22 PM

Anyone know who Gina Kolata's editor is, and why he or she is allowing her series of damaging articles to be printed unchallenged and unbalanced?
Her series may be doing more damage to the public than Dr. Mercola and Dr. Atkins!!

Joel Fuhrman - March 27, 2006 5:37 PM

Amazing isn't it? And this is what gets to the front page of the paper! The nutritional community of PhD's and food scientists are only interested in making some type of gimmick to sell to the ignorant public. More omega-3 in pigs will not do anything to help our sickly population suffering from diseases of nutritional ignorance. We are primates, dependent on a high intake of fresh fruits and green vegetables for protection of our precious health. Unless they can mutate that pig into a piece of broccoli, these experiments are just silly. By the way, green vegetables already contain thousands of micronutrients plus they have omega 3 fatty acids so we don't need any scientists to improve on them. But who knows maybe next year it may be green pigs?

Susan - March 28, 2006 3:24 PM

The guy's name is Dr. Leaf? That's a joke, right? Right!?!

Susan - March 28, 2006 5:21 PM

Robin, it sounds like from this article that Gina Kolata is a loose cannon with no editor. But it was written nearly eight years ago.

http://www.mindfully.org/Reform/Gina-Kolata-Dowie6jul98.htm

This page contains a list of links on Kolata:

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Gina_Kolata

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