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Friendly yoghurt

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The following friendly strains of bacteria are safe:

  • Lactobacillus Acidophilus
  • Streptococcus Thermophilus
  • Lactobacillus Bulgaricus

These are the three strains of bacteria that are used traditionally in yoghurt making.

Friendly strains of bacteria in yoghurt do not produce amines. In fact they protect against damage to DNA caused by heterocyclic amines. By being present in milk products, they protect against the formation of amines by suffocating less friendly bacteria, and in fact reduce the formation of amines in the gut.

In the UK a yoghurt with these cultures is Total Greek Yoghurt. Other yoghurts are either unknown or contain bifidus strains – that favourite strain they add to most plain yoghurts these days in order to describe them as ‘probiotic’.

Bifidus are generally thought to be friendly but have a tendency to grow out of control and suffocate other bacteria strains in the gut. Probiotic yoghurts make me feel a little ‘off’ so I suspect that some of the species in them are producing amines or glutamates.

Failsafers should avoid Yakult and and Activa probiotics, which are cultured with lactobacillus casei, a strain which liberates glutamic acid.

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Written by alienrobotgirl

10 May, 2006 at 10:36 am

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