How Did the Pork Taboo Originate?

Exploring why one-third of humanity doesn’t consume pork

Prateek Dasgupta
Teatime History
Published in
10 min readNov 10, 2023

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Pork is divisive. With 36% of humanity eating pigs, it's the most widely consumed meat on the planet. Yet, almost a third of the world’s population doesn’t eat pork.

The reason behind not eating pork is often a religious taboo. Pork is forbidden in Islam and Judaism. Many Christian…

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Prateek Dasgupta
Teatime History

Top writer in History, Science, Art, Food, and Culture. Interested in lost civilizations and human evolution. Contact: prateekdasgupta@gmail.com