My 3 yo ds wants his bacon raw! (He's eating some as I type. Now, I eat raw meat, eggs, dairy... and so does he (except for the meat which he won't eat cooked or raw unless I hide it in things... or it's bacon), so I do not fear raw food. And the bacon is from pastured heirloom pigs from a family farm and is nitrate-free. AND, I think if he's craving it raw, there is a reason. Still, I don't know how I feel about him eating this. Does the curing process kill parasites? I've been getting over my fear of parasites lately, but the dangers of pork and trichinosis (sp?) are deeply ingrained. It even seems that the primal diet people don't eat pork, and I know they wouldn't eat bacon because it's salted. Does trich live in the fat or the muscle? I suppose I could just let him eat the fat part of the bacon raw if it's in the muscle (which I suspect). It's 90% fat anyway. I always read about parents freaking out about their toddlers eating a stick of butter, and think what's the big deal? Their bodies must need it. I try to trust my ds's instincts when it comes to natural foods and let him self-regulate, but this freaks me out a little. Any thoughts?
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1/21/08 at 11:58am