8 Mar, 2014 @ 16:04
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Scientists use baby poo in bid to make sausages healthier


BABY excrement could be the key to making sausages healthier, according to Spanish researchers.

Bacteria found in their poo could transform them into health foods much like probiotic yogurts, great for those who don’t eat dairy.

Live probiotic bacteria has been found to have a wide variety of health benefits, including lowering inflammation, preventing urinary-tract infections,and fighting infant gastrointestinal disorders, such as constipation.

For probiotic bacteria to work, they must survive the acids in the digestive tract so the researchers at Catalunya’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Research, focused on microbes found alive in human feces.

They took 43 fecal samples of healthy infants up to six months old from nappies.

The scientists tried fermenting six batches of sausages using three strains of bacteria found in baby poop and three other, commercial probiotic strains of bacteria.

Studies they had done in the past established the strains they used from infant excrement were safe for people.

While the scientists insisted they had tried the sausages and they ‘tasted good’, no company is currently interested in trying to commercialise them.

Imogen Calderwood

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  1. A future new line for Mercadona maybe? The French owned Carefour may have different views & of course Iceland being all to aware of the horsemeat scandle, may choose to not comment.

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