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Swine Fattening or People Fattening

by Fred Hahn on July 16, 2010

In one of the on line groups I am honered to be included into, a physician pointed out something very interesting on how swine were fattened back in the old days.

It appears that skim milk plus grains contribute to obesity in swine so sayeth The Farmers Cyclopedia of Livestock.


Skim milk is one of the most valuable adjuncts of the farm for fattening swine. Used with corn, kafir corn or any of the common grain by-products an almost ideal ration is formed. Hogs like it, and relish rations mixed with it. As a result of five years’ work in feeding skim milk at the New York station at Cornell, it is concluded that the most economic returns are secured when the milk is fed with corn meal.

And by returns they mean the much desired hog fat.

As we all know, the American food supply is riddled with corn and skim milk, meaning starch and sugar. In fact, the 2010 USDA nutritional guidelines are essentially hog fattening guidelines. Corn and sugar – all part of a nutritious breakfast!


I've been involved in exercise ever since I became a member of The Charles Atlas Club when I was 10 years old. In 1998, I founded and established Serious Strength on the Upper West Side of NYC. My clients include kids, seniors (and everyone in between), top CEOs, celebrities, bestselling authors, journalists and TV personalities.
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Kab July 16, 2010 at 10:03 PM

LOL, Fred! What a coincidence — I was just telling my husband at breakfast (a hamburger steak and eggs) how eating our meaty and fatty meal, regardless of how filling it is, is not going to make us fat and that farmers have always known how to fatten their livestock by feeding them just the opposite — it’s just as you describe! Now our ignorant government is in the business of fattening our human population.

I am 59 yo and when I think back to my parents’ and my grandparents’ generations, I scarcely remember an elderly overweight person. Compare that to this current senior citizen generation — it’s just the opposite. Almost every one of them is significantly overweight and many are downright grossly rotund… and I am sure taking diabetes/ HB/”high” cholesterol, or some other type of med to “correct” what is basically a metabolic problem; a metabolic problem that has resulted from bad diets — that is, the high-carb, low-fat, limited-meat diet. This current senior citizen generation was the first group of adults to literally swallow the USDA’s “heart-healthy” advice “whole-hog” for nearly their entire adulthood from early middle-age on …. and look at the results! If that isn’t proof in the pudding! (made with sugar and skim milk of course!)

Anne July 20, 2010 at 8:31 AM

Hi Fred,

This is off topic but I’ve lost your contact details. I thought you’d like to see this news article about children doing weight lifting in Clermont l’Hérault, France (where we have a little house):

all the best,

Fred Hahn July 20, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Hi Anne – is my email.

I can’t read the French but it looks like Olympic lifting which I don’t recommend. I do like the sport and the kids will get benefit from it but it is also more dangerous than need be to derive benefit from resistance training. IOW, it is an unsafe way to strength train compared to Slow Burn with no additional benefit.

Anne July 20, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Someone should tell them about your book for kids, I see it is available on Maybe next time I’m there ?

Fred Hahn July 20, 2010 at 11:00 AM


Eric July 30, 2010 at 4:42 PM

This is exactly the reasoning why I want my wife and kids to stop eating cereal in milk. I’ll definitely make my wife read this.

Fred Hahn July 30, 2010 at 6:01 PM

A wise idea Eric. Its poison. And raw milk is much better. is a good source if you are in the NY area.

Larry August 31, 2010 at 10:59 PM

Hey Fred,

I’m a little late to the comments for this post, but better late than never…

Many years ago, I worked at a convenience store/gas station. Of course, we stocked all the junk foods, including pretty much all the Hostess products (cupcakes, etc.). You know, the stuff we couldn’t get enough of as kids, but now make us sick to our stomachs. One day, I’m talking to the delivery man, asking him what they do with the unsold items…they went from the convenience store to their “day old” store where they were sold at a discount. Items that didn’t sell there, were sold to a pig farmer who fed them to his pigs. 🙂

Just in the news today,

It’s an article about doctors seeking new ways to treat muscle loss in seniors. Of course, they’re talking about using drugs, but what if there was some effective muscle building exercise program that was low impact, easy to learn, didn’t require lots of equipment, or require injury-inducing heavy lifting? (Doesn’t sound very profitable, so they’ll probably not look too hard to find it.)

Fred Hahn September 1, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Hi Larry –

I wouldn’t feed that stuff to my pigs if I had pigs. Terrible.

Doctors = drugs. It is how they think. You can’t expect much more from most of them.

PaleoGarden February 21, 2011 at 5:40 PM

I’ve thought about this post and did some additional research. In addition to your correct observation that the pigs get fat on the combo of sugar (skim milk) and starch (corn) which is a desired outcome for the farmer, the farmer also benefits from this in other ways.

You mention that you wouldn’t feed skim milk to a pig, I agree if it was your pet pig. But to get a domesticated pig ready for slaughter… maybe I would. I probably wouldn’t give the poor thing (and indirectly me when I eat the animal) a meal of corn though if I could help it.

If I had a cow, I’d milk the cow. I’d then take the cream from the milk to make butter. I’d make some money on the whole milk I’d sell, some from the cream skimmed off the top, and some from the butter that I got from the fat that I took out of some of my whole milk. With the skim milk I have left over, I’d feed it to my pig. So, I make money by selling some extra butter, and I make a bit more by getting my pig a bit more fatter on the skimmed milk.

Or I could just develop a phony lipid hypothesis and sell the skim milk to dupes who think that by drinking skim milk they’d somehow get skinny. And I’d still get money by selling butter, and I’d charge the dupes the same amount for my skim milk as I would as I did previously for my whole milk.

So, I bet I could get more money selling my skim milk exploiting people with the help of the lowfat dogma by selling them this processed product at an inflated price than I could trying to get my pigs fat.

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