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Study: The key to making sausage healthy can be found in baby poop

Posted by Doug Saffir  February 26, 2014 11:42 AM

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If you think that people who laugh at poop jokes aren't truly adults, get ready to question your own maturity.

The serious news first: Live Science has taken a look at a new study where scientists have discovered a way to deliver all the health benefits of probiotic bacteria through sausage. The benefits can range from simple things like fighting belly fat to more serious issues like treating depression. Previously, probiotic bacteria had primarily been used in dairy products like yogurt, leaving people who do not eat dairy foods at a loss. This new sausage study may hold their solution.

The funny news second: The way to make probiotic sausage is by using baby poop. More specifically, the bacteria found in baby poop.

That's right, folks, a study recently published in the journal Meat Science (a title that is simultaneously shudder-inducing and mouthwatering) took two types of bacteria found in baby poop and used them to ferment sausage.

Testing both strains of baby poop bacteria along with three strains of commercial bacteria, the scientists found only one winner that could both survive the acids found in the human digestive system and provide the health benefits of probiotics: baby poop bacteria.

And now the jokes you'll hate yourself for laughing at: Next time you order a pizza, don't forget to ask for pooperoni. Or maybe you're more of an andoo-doouille kind of person? Of course, if you're watching the Red Sox, there's no choice but a Fenway Frankfarter.

Sorry about that, back to the science.

"[The bacteria grew] to levels of 100 million cells per gram of sausage," Anna Jofré, the co-author of the study and a food microbiologist, told Live Science. "Enough to produce health-promoting effects to people."

Both researchers and professional tasters tried the sausage, and by all accounts it tastes normal. Unfortunately, Jofré said they've received no interest from companies that would be able to commercialize the research. That's such a BUM-mer.

(H/T Uproxx)

Reach me at douglas.saffir@globe.com. Follow me @dougsaffir

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