Monday, May 11, 2015

Seriously--you may need dirtier food

The other night on the panel show THE FIVE on Fox, the talkers were saying oh, noes, they would never eat an insect.

First, there is now cricket flour available--yes, in the US, on Amazon even. And federal regs also allow a certain number of bug parts in some foods.

Yet, since the 1990s, cases of food-borne illnesses remain high.

Some scientists think our food is now TOO clean!

Those sanitizers, antibacterial veggie washes, and red hot dishwashers may be killing off good bacteria that bolster health. And eliminating so much bad stuff may impair our building up of immunity to it.

This according to a story in the NYT, May 10, 2015.

There is a line there between clean enough and too clean, one authority said--we just don't  know where it is.

We may be damaging our microbiome--fancy speak for the bacteria, viruses, fungi, mites, and other passengers that live in our bodies.

This means the immune system is raring for a fight--the theory goes--and may attack body tissues when it can't find anything else to attack.

Zap--asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and IBS!

So bring on the Cricket Burgers and don't bother washing that kale.  Remember mud pies--those were delish!

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