It’s not easy eating well in college. Late night study sessions. Binge drinking. Ramen. Paul Quinn College, in Texas of all places, is trying to help out their students by banning pork from the school cafeteria, arguing that eating pork can lead to high blood pressure, heart problems, and obesity.
College president, Michael Sorrel, told The Dallas Observer that his students are especially susceptible to these sorts of health problems (Paul Quinn College is historically a black college.)
‘The reality is that our student population comes from demographic that struggles with the type of health concerns that you see in underresourced community.’
Creating a pork-free cafeteria is the latest move to ‘improve the lives and health of our students’, according to a statement from the college.
‘We know there are many negative health consequences of consuming pork (eating pork can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer, sodium retention and heart problems, not to mention weight gain and obesity)….
From this semester forward PQC will no longer serve dishes containing pork. That applause you hear in the background is the blood pressure of our students, faculty and staff.’
Pork, such as chops, bacon, and pork belly, are high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Ham and lunch meat also carry their fair share of fat and calories, as well as nitrates and nitrites as preservative agents, both of which have been linked to cancer.
However, leaner cuts of pork, such as tenderloin, are less calorie dense than chicken and contain similar quantities of fat.