Pork rinds

Dale Cruse asks:

Why are pork rinds difficult to find in Boston?

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pork rinds

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who would want pork rinds and what are they.

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I wonder

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If you can get them wrapped in bacon?

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In the spirit of the day

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In the spirit of the day usually available at Wegmans Call first they might not be stocked at the smaller Chestnut Hill location. Usually available in the standard giant stores

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A polemic point that seems sissy re: your comment

I gave up pork before I gave up most other meats (I just eat seafood now) because pigs are particularly intelligent and social compared to most barnyard animals. If you've ever met a pig, they seem more like (slightly surly) dogs - they're inquisitive, playful, have distinct personalities, etc, and just clearly have way more going on upstairs than a chicken or a cow. Scientists think they're actually smarter than dogs, and although they're too dangerous for most people to keep as pets, I think they're nearly people in the same generalized way that dogs and cats are.

I decided it was just too messed up to keep participating in the slaughter of such an intelligent and individualized animal. After meeting them, it felt almost like torturing and eating a chimpanzee. Eventually I gave up almost everything else among similar lines (including octopus, though squid seem genuinely mindless, and I have no sympathy for clams), but I think pigs are something that more Americans would give up if they knew the animal better.

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Eating intelligent creatures

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Nothing else in the animal kingdom gives an intelligent rat's ass what its prey was considering or whom its friends were before they eat it.

If they don't care, then why should I? Unless you feel we should hold ourselves to a higher standard than the rest of the animal kingdom? That creates quite the conundrum given that these intelligent animals that eat other intelligent animals are supposed to be so similar to us that we can't eat them...however, we're the only ones making that consideration and thus elevate ourselves above them. It's a fine line of distinction that doesn't seem worth making. We see signs of intelligence in them that makes them unworthy of being prey...however they can hold no such thought, yet that doesn't change their status downwards to being prey again?

I don't refute that we as a whole aren't exactly moral in our killing, overfarming, environmental conditions (both farm & wild), etc. of many animals that we eat. I wish we did better, even at greater cost. However, the decision to eat them or not doesn't seem internally consistent just based on their particular intelligence.

love pork rinds

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And they're healthier than chips.

I don't think you're looking hard enough. I get them in supermarkets, convience stores, places like dollar tree, etc. Almost any place that has latin american food will also have them.

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get serious

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Pork rinds are not healthier than chips! Stop deluding yourself and learn how to read a list of ingredients and nutritionsl label.

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wrong

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pork rinds have 0 carbs, less fat, and far more protein vs potato chips. They do of course have salt.

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pro tip: animal lard is not good for you

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Pork rinds are made with animal lard. Animal fat contributes to higher levels of LDL otherwise known as bad cholesterol. Bad cholesterol contributes to heart disease and heart attacks. Medical fact.

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Medical Fact?

Not exactly.

LDL levels depend strongly on what your body does with that fat. Some people have astronomical LDL levels no matter what they eat because they have a couple of nonsense genes that mean that their bodies don't reabsorb LDL much at all. Some mutants (present company included) can eat animal fat all day and rarely crack an LDL of 50 thanks to a different nonsense sequence.

So, while high levels of "bad cholesterol"* leads to heart disease, the dependence of LDL levels on consumption of animal fats is individually quite variable. For most people, it is best to limit intake of saturated fats. For all people, it is best to watch your lipid profile numbers and act accordingly.

*the jury is still out on whether you actually need some minimum level of LDL to be healthy - very low LDL levels have been linked to a susceptibility to lung disease in some research.

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"LDL is the main source of artery-clogging plaque"

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How Does High Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease?

When there is too much cholesterol in your blood, it builds up in the walls of your arteries, causing a process called atherosclerosis, a form of heart disease. The arteries become narrowed and blood flow to the heart muscle is slowed down or blocked. The blood carries oxygen to the heart, and if enough blood and oxygen cannot reach your heart, you may suffer chest pain. If the blood supply to a portion of the heart is completely cut off by a blockage, the result is a heart attack.

There are two forms of cholesterol that most Americans are familiar with: Low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad" cholesterol) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL or "good" cholesterol.) These are the form in which cholesterol travels in the blood.

LDL is the main source of artery-clogging plaque. HDL actually works to clear cholesterol from the blood.

Unless you're looking for a

Unless you're looking for a particular brand, I've never had a problem finding pork rinds in all of New England (I think of them as a southern thing.) Admittedly, I've never specifically looked for them (yes, I've tried them, and while I thought I would find them to be a delightful cross between potato chips and bacon, I was disappointed.)

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You can usually find both RINDS

and SKINS in liquor stores in the Roxbury/Dorchester area of town. The Howard brand Skins (the really hard and crunchy ones) are the best I've ever had, except for the ones my GrandMa would cook fresh in Alabama.

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