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Pork better for sex than Viagra - Argentine leader

Chile's President Michelle Bachelet (L) and her Argentine counterpart Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner speak to the media before a meeting at La Moneda Presidential Palace in Santiago October 29, 2009. REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Caballero

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina’s president recommended pork as an alternative to Viagra on Wednesday, saying she spent a satisfying weekend with her husband after eating barbecued pork.

“I’ve just been told something I didn’t know; that eating pork improves your sex life ... I’d say it’s a lot nicer to eat a bit of grilled pork than take Viagra,” President Cristina Fernandez said to leaders of the pig farming industry.

She said she recently ate pork and “things went very well that weekend, so it could well be true.”

Argentines are the world’s biggest per capita consumers of beef, but the government has sought to promote pork as an alternative in recent years due to rising steak prices and as a way to diversify the meat industry.

“Trying it doesn’t cost anything, so let’s give it a go,” Fernandez said in the televised speech.

Reporting by Karina Grazina; Writing by Helen Popper