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Gut flora yogurt or the three second rule?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Bloodhammer, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. Bloodhammer

    Bloodhammer Twinkle Twinkle Black Star

    Jul 7, 2009
    Shreveport, Louisiana
    I keep seeing all these commercials for Activia and I keep thinking to myself, "Does occasionally eating food off the ground keep me healthy, to a degree?"

    I feel fine, so I don't see the point in paying for my germs.
  2. blastoff99

    blastoff99 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2011
    SW WA, USA
    My guess is they're different germs, and for different purposes. Activia I think is out to help your insides regulate appropriately.

    As for the three-second rule, I live in a house that wouldn't pass health department inspection. Oh, the bathroom's fine, but the kitchen is likely not so much. I haven't had a garden-variety bug for years. Until yesterday....
  3. Bloodhammer

    Bloodhammer Twinkle Twinkle Black Star

    Jul 7, 2009
    Shreveport, Louisiana
    These poor people in these commercials aren't regular?

    Pickled sausage.
  4. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    Bifidus regularis don'tcha know...Jamie Lee Curtis swears it keeps her pooper pipes in tip top shape.
  5. I dunno why but I always thought there was at least some truth to the 3-5 second rule but a recent video that I watched showed that bacteria spread over whatever piece of dropped food in fractions of fractions of a second.
  6. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    I use the 30 minutes rule.
  7. Apparently it depends on the food...

    Bread is fine even after 10 seconds, but uncooked pasta on the other hand is full of crap after less than a second!

  8. Staredge


    Aug 7, 2010
    Damascus, MD
    Mythbusters did it as well. I don't remember what they found (I believe it all depends on moisture content of the food), but as an aside they busted the myth that double dipping can spread germs.
  9. They were testing whether double dipping is as bad "sticking your mouth in the bowl": the show wasn't about comparing it with single dipping, though they did find that "double-dipping adds just a small amount of bacteria to the salsa". Also, "if you want to keep your germs to yourself, your best bet is to just eat out of your own private bowl." is what this link about the episode says.

    Then there are articles like:


    So whose word do you take? :p I also remember watching another episode of some science show which confirmed that double dipping was far worse than single dipping.
  10. Entirely different strains of bacteria. However, I believe that casual exposure to "bad" bacteria is essential to good health. Otherwise your immune system gets weak.
  11. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    germs and bacteria are everywhere. There are usually much more of them on the table and countertop than on the floor.
  12. Staredge


    Aug 7, 2010
    Damascus, MD
    I'll trust Mythbusters. lol As I recall, the difference between the double dipped sample and the control was negligible. Not that I plan on starting. Reality is that you probably pick up more bacteria from the bowl of chips after people have been digging through it.

    Oh.....thinking about it. The samples were disgusting after the first test.....then they sterilized the chips before the second test. Much better results.
  13. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    Huh! Drop a tostito chip on fresh dog poo, wait for 3 seconds, retrieve and eat. That'll show how much of a man you are for sure.
  14. I find this extremely difficult to believe. The second sentence anyway.
  15. Not actually true apparently!

    Kitchen floor, in front of sink: 830 bacteria/square inch

    Kitchen countertop: 488 bacteria/square inch

    Kitchen tabletop: 344 bacteria/square inch

    Toilet seat: 295 bacteria/square inch

    Sponge or counter-wiping cloth: 134,630 bacteria/square inch

    Surprising that you are better off licking your toilet seat than your kitchen sponge!

  16. Well thank goodness for that!.....*puts kitchen sponge down*.....
  17. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    There's a rule?
  18. Bloodhammer

    Bloodhammer Twinkle Twinkle Black Star

    Jul 7, 2009
    Shreveport, Louisiana
    George Carlin FTW!

    I guess the reason I started this thread was out of curiosity to how "valuable" Dannon's trademarked strain of Bifidobacterium Animalis is as compared to the copious amounts of environmental bacteria that we are constantly exposed to.

    Apparently, strains of this are normally found in the large intestines of most mammals - including humans. So that would lead me to believe that we already have some of this stuff in us, just not the trademarked strain. (or maybe we do?)

    I think it's snake oil.
  19. You're not understanding the concept. This is a strain of bacteria that flourishes in the intestines. Exposing yourself to various germs by touching things, breathing contaminated air, eating off of dirty silverware, etc. is not going to somehow put the strain of bacteria in question in your intestines. Then again, I am not a doctor, so I could well be wrong. I just don't think it is plausible at all.
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