Pork is sexy, insists president
Argentina's president believes eating pork can boost a person's sex life - and cited her own experience as proof.
Many people in the beef-loving nation reacted with surprise after Cristina Fernandez promoted pork in a speech during which she not only said pork is better than Viagra, but suggested she's personally proven it.
"I didn't know that eating pork improved sexual activity," Ms Fernandez said in a meeting with representatives of the swine industry. "It is much more gratifying to eat some grilled pork than to take Viagra."
She even joked that "it was all good" after she enjoyed some pork with her husband, former President Nestor Kirchner.
"I think they might be right," Ms Fernandez said to a laughing audience.
The president's half-joking speech in which she announced subsidies for the pork industry won prominent play on television and radio stations, prompting discussions on whether Argentinians should add more pork to their diet.
Argentinians are among the world's biggest consumers of red meat, and most people here stubbornly reject the idea of replacing beef with chicken, pork or other meats. Seafood is rarely seen on dinner tables.
Ms Fernandez approved subsidies to keep the price of pork low despite inflation, and her government also recently subsidised red meat producers after beef supplies sharply declined in the South American country.