Archive for the ‘bacteria’ Category

How Many Calories in Fecal Bacteria?

January 8, 2010

Well, ick. Tom Laskawy, a media and tech guy who blogs for and at his own site, Beyond Green Blog, pulled up a study indicating high levels of coliform  bacteria in – wait for it – soda fountains. Soda fountains. The study, conducted by microbiologists at Hollins University, also found E. coli and other bugs.

Ninety beverages of three types (sugar sodas, diet sodas and water) were obtained from 20 self-service and 10 personnel-dispensed soda fountains, analyzed for microbial contamination, and evaluated with respect to U.S. drinking water regulations. A follow-up study compared the concentration and composition of microbial populations in 27 beverages collected from 9 soda fountain machines in the morning as well as in the afternoon.

The critters were also found in the machines’ ice although levels never exceed drinking water standards. Do bacteria add calories to the diet soda?


Organic acids and irradiation: a love story

May 30, 2009
Fried chicken

Irradiated, battered, and fried, just like Mama used to make.

ScienceDaily – A mixture of some organic acids and some extracts from plants turns out to be enough to greatly reduce pathogenic bacteria on chicken breast meat. Add some irradiation to the mix and it makes a lethal combination against the bacteria. Full story

Bacteria In Mouth Help Make Certain Foods Tasty

November 20, 2008

ScienceDaily – Scientists in Switzerland are reporting that bacteria in the human mouth play a role in creating the distinctive flavors of certain foods. They found that these bacteria actually produce food odors from odorless components of food, allowing people to fully savor fruits and vegetables. (Full story)