More on Yogurt-Probiotics Foods

Foods with tiny bacteria animals in them are good for our digestive system, may reduce cancer risks and reduce blood pressure (The Flint Journal).  The two main bacteria strains are lactobacillus and bifidobacterium.  My question is, if I’m eating little creatures, can I still call myself a vegetarian?

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6 Responses to More on Yogurt-Probiotics Foods

  1. silverstreakers says:

    no. not in good conscience, especially if you knowingly ingest these foods. never mind the health benefits–we all gotta die some day. you must stay true to your core belief system.

  2. jennifer400 says:

    Hmmm, That would mean I’d have to redefine or come up wtih a core belief system. My belief system is. . . I’ll have to get back to you on that.

  3. Finette says:

    its silly to try to avoid eating bacteria. First theyre “living” but so are plants. TWe eat THEM! Bacteria are NOT “animals” by any sense of the word. and your body cant survive without bacteria!!
    We have 10 to 13 th power of human body cells ( 1 with 13 zeroes) and in a normal healthy body 10 to 14th power bacterial cells!!!

    We rely on bacteria for so many healthy functions that we cant possibly “sterilize” ourselves. They live within us and most need us as well for them to survive.

    How can we then consider ingesting more to replenish our supply ( and to aid those already inside) or to replace those we may have killed by poor nutrition or some natural antibiotic ( spices, herbs etc) wrong??

    I chuckle when missing the basic science fosters false assumptions which then guides beliefs and behaviors that are well, silly at best and harmful at worst.

    In my world vegetarianism means avoiding organisms with FACES. Plants-ok, fungi-ok, algae-ok and bacteria ( which are far more primitive than algae) why not ok ??

    be well
    Finette

  4. jennifer400 says:

    Thanks for the post. Most of my posts are written to poke a little fun at ourselves and science. Of course we need bacteria and yes we can’t live without them. But still, if my yogurt is full of microorganisms, ….

  5. Melinda says:

    Bacteria are neither plants nor animals, but have a kingdom of their own. See that great new web project, Encyclopaedia of Life, here: http://www.eol.org/taxa/16196967 for the specifics on lactobacillus.
    Cheerio!
    Melinda

  6. Jennifer A says:

    thanks for the post!
    I’ll check out the new web site.

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