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Of all the foods to eat rare, which is least safe? fish, duck, pork, beef?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Pork: Pork that is cooked rare may carry trichinosis, a parasite that can cause extremely serious health problems. I advise never eating pork unless it is well cooked!
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
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In terms of safety of beef, most cows these days are raised on a feedlot, pumped full of hormones and antibiotics and fed GMO corn- I consider this to be an extremely unhealthy food. However, a cow grass-fed on pastures and not given hormone and antibiotics will produce beef that is a MUCH healthier choice. As for fish, some fish like swordfish and some varieties of tuna contain high levels of mercury, PCB's and dioxins. Many farm-raised fish contain antibiotic residues and PCB's. Wild salmon and other relatively small wild fish are healthy choices (the big fish eat the little fish and toxins concentrate up the food chain, so avoid large predator fish).
Oct 8, 2012

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