Why Bacteria Can Be Good for Us

Thursday, August 22, 2013

3D rendering of bacteria under a microscope. (Chromatika Multimedia snc/Shutterstock)

We have long been fighting bacteria with a whole host of anti-bacterial sprays, soaps, and sanitizers. But when it comes down to it, there is no escaping the 100 trillion bacterial cells that live with us all the time on our skin, in our mouth, and in our intestines.

Some of the newest scientific research points to the benefits of the bacteria that live inside all of us. It turns out that bacteria can play a critical role in fighting obesity, diabetes and infections and it can also help keep our immune systems strong. 

The power of good bacteria is a topic that Kara Miller has been exploring for the forthcoming edition of Innovation Hub, produced by our partner WGBH in Boston. Miller joins The Takeaway to explain why certain kinds of bacteria are actually good for us.


Kara Miller

Produced by:

Elizabeth Ross

Comments [2]

tom LI

Evolution knows best. Not us humans. The US is currently under the control of the Phobia State, brought on by Health "experts" - usually some News Show talking head who might be a recent grad Nutritionist hired due to her/his good looks, who don't do actual news stories, but merely forward PR information from various Corporations like P&G, or GOJO (Purell) looking to sell their products under the umbrella of Healthy Living pieces on various Wake-up with X and Y, or Live at 5 news segments.

Note to Stephanie; and other readers - be careful with the things you mention (kefir, etc) that is found in supermarkets. That stuff is processed "un-naturally", not as traditionally done...selling raw milk, or close to it is verboten in many states, localities. Pasteurization pretty makes ruins the true benefits of such naturally/traditionally produced foods.

There is a lot of groundbreaking info coming out about the negative aspects of the various bacilli, "probiotics" put in processed yogurts to make them conform to an alleged Good for You meme.

Aug. 22 2013 04:30 PM
Stephanie from St. Paul, MN

Exactly. There is lots of good baceria out there. That's why traditional foodists make and focus on fermentation and fermented foods, a process which uses the reaction of natural bacteria in the air to naturally preserve foods... kombucha (a fermented drink), kefir (a fermented raw milk product), and lots of fermented veggies (fermented green beans, cabbage, garlic, and more!).

Aug. 22 2013 02:46 PM

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