According to Cristina Fernandez, the president of Argentina; pork is a more effective sexual stimulant than Viagra. She claims, in a bid backed by the country's pork industry leaders, that after tucking into some barbecued chops she and her husband had just spent a fulfilling weekend of marital bliss.
The reason? Well, Cristina believes that it's the pork that is the cause. She explained to the press conference she likes a bit of sausage, saying:
"Eating pork improves your sex life. I'd say it's a lot nicer to eat a bit of grilled pork than take Viagra, and let me tell you, I am a big fan of pork meat, and I am not just saying that to look good here."
One person supporting Cristina's revelation was head of the association of pork producers, Juan Luis Uccelli, who told the press that Denmark and Japan have a much more "harmonious" sexual life than Argentinians because they eat a lot of pig meat.
Yet many were (unbelievably) skeptical of these claims, a currently unnamed specialist in sexual dysfunction told the Argentinian newspaper La Nacion that there was no study showing that pork meat significantly improves sexual activity.
"In Osaka, Japan, there is a village in which the people who reached 105 years old and ate a lot of pork had a lot of sexual activity,"
I also couldn't personally find any proof that there was a Japanese village in which people aged to 105, ate pork and had a lot of sex. I can't help but feel this is a slight appeal to antiquity or tradition in the hope that people will believe it to be true and start eating more pork (thus creating profit.)
Argentina is well known for it's consumption of beef and so for the president to go to the press with a statement that potentially promotes pork is good news for pork producers in Argentina. It seems as though the pitch of pork against viagra; a drug used to treat erectile dysfunction, might do their trade the world of good.
I did some research into whether there really was a link between pork and sexual activity but I couldn't find anything that suggested that pork - like viagra, can be eaten to treat erectile dysfunction.
There is a difference between treating a sexual dysfunction such as erectile dysfunction - as Viaga does, and spicing up your sex life with "stimulating pork" as Cristina promotes.
Being sexually stimulated by pork is possible if you have a pork fetish, however it wont help if you have erectile dysfunction. Viagra only helps a man to get an erection if he is already sexually stimulated.
When things are working properly, ejaculation is a three-step process:
1.The man becomes sexually aroused.
2.The penis responds by becoming erect.
3.Stimulation of the penis causes ejaculation.
However for people with erectile dyfunction step two doesn't happen, making step three difficult or impossible. Although the man is stimulated, the penis doesn't become erect.
For more details about how Cristina's pork theory just wouldn't work even if it is true that pork is sexually stimulating, you should click the link above.
I probably ought to add here that as a vegetarian I don't support the consumption of meat as a sexual stimulant and that it is widely believed that a vegetarian diet can actually help with impotence.
If you seriously need help in the bedroom go and speak to your family doctor. Not the butcher.