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Why You Should Eat Bugs

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If you have a specific ailment, such as diarrhea or lactose intolerance, most experts would advise supplements over yogurt. “You usually don’t get enough probiotics from food to have a therapeutic dose,” says naturopath Rahima Hirji. But how do you make the best choice?

Top Form: Options include capsules, tablets, powder, and liquid, but experts generally recommend the refrigerated enteric-coated capsules or tablets. The coating ensures that organisms will survive the acidy transit through the stomach to the intestines, and the refrigeration keeps organisms alive for as long as possible. The powdered form is cheaper than capsules, and it’s a great option if you want to take your dose in a smoothie. The liquid form is the least stable of all the forms, and experts tend not to recommend it.

Read the Label: Look for products that contain one billion bacteria in each daily serving. But don’t buy if the bottle guarantees the dose only at the time of manufacture; the trip from manufacturer to supermarket can seriously compromise the product’s bacteria. Check the expiration date as well, and purchase bottles as far in advance of that date as possible.

Look for a Blend: Some practitioners recommend particular strains of bacteria for different ailments, but not all strains are readily available. The simplest way to cover your bases is to buy a probiotic that contains a blend of several. “That way you’ll increase the chances that one or more of the strains will have an impact,” says Mary Ellen Sanders, food scientist and president of Dairy and Food Culture Technologies in Centennial, Colorado.

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6:28PM PDT on Sep 14, 2012

I drink my miso for dinner and fat free yogurt with honey for breakfast, both naturally have probiotics which help me fight off disease and sickness when my body is feeling too weak to. As long as I can't see them, i love them

7:28AM PST on Jan 26, 2011

Because of the limited food available daily, I cant seem to go to my Probiotics.

1:26PM PDT on Apr 13, 2010

We shouldn't live in a aseptic world because we need bacterias all around us! did you know there is more bacterias in the mouth than there is people in the world? Bacterias are found on our skin, in our eyes, etc and they help us not to get infected by other bacterias that are dangerous to us. Good bacterias keep us safe. If we catch a bad one, our immune system fights over it and keep a memory of the intruder so the next time it goes around, the immune system will react far more rapidly. Therefore, it is good to stay in contact with bacterias to be in good health!

1:56AM PST on Feb 5, 2010

What turns me off from eating bugs? It's the eyes and the legs, mostly. I can't even eat lobster, or crab. Sure, shrimp are fine, but only when they've been shelled, and have had their insectoid bits removed.

If you want people to eat bugs, then find a way to make them look more like shrimp. Hell, I'd even take a shot at worms, provided they had the texture of ground beef.

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11:23PM PDT on Sep 15, 2009

Jarro-Dophilus is packaged in vegeterian capsules. i have been using them for a few years.

my favourite, though, were the ones offered on dr mercola's web site.

2:15PM PDT on Sep 15, 2009

Charles...hahaha!

11:23AM PDT on Sep 15, 2009

Homeland Security would be happy to provide them for free.

6:37PM PDT on Sep 14, 2009

Hmmm I was advised to eat pro-biotic yoghurts for IBS and it's hard to tell if they really help or not. I thought this article would be about eating insects I once read a book of my brothers written at the turn of the century. The author provided a good nutrious scientific case. The reason for his study so the poor wouldn't poach his game. Still in the East it's common availability of nutrition for a mass population.

4:52PM PDT on Sep 14, 2009

For those who avoid artificial sweeteners, don't buy Vidazorb because they use Sucralose (Splenda) -- don't fret.. you can find a few vegetarian probiotics on ebay, just search for "vegetarian probiotics" - I'm so glad there are vegetarian options!

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2:21PM PDT on Sep 14, 2009

Good to see an article promoting Probiotics! But please don't think that only folks on an antibiotic regimen need these beneficial organisms. I'm convinced that the majority of the U.S. population is deficient due to the processed foods and artificial ingredients we consume that kill off good bugs. Oh, and don't bother taking ANY supplements containing Magnesium Stearate or Titanium Dioxide as your body will regard these as poisons and a biofilm will develop on your intestinal wall prohibiting absorption of "the good stuff" you think your getting. BTW: I prefer the Complete Probiotics offered at mercola.com.

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