Microbes Play a Beneficial Role in Food

Miso soup
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Title:  Fermented flavours

Source:  Chris Loss from Chemistry World

Date:  March 7, 2017

https://www.chemistryworld.com/opinion/how-to-use-microbes-to-explore-new-flavours/2500432.articlehttps://www.chemistryworld.com/opinion/how-to-use-microbes-to-explore-new-flavours/2500432.article

Summary: Microbes play a large role with the food that everyone eats and how various food items grow. Scientists and chefs are starting to team up to enhance the eating experience that people enjoy by examining how they can use different microbes contained within the food to enhance flavors and potential benefits to people’s health. Besides changing the how certain foods taste, microbes can increase the “nutritional” benefits these foods provide too.

Connections: In this article, the author mentions the importance of  the microbes that are being manipulated to help chefs better their customers’ food experience, which adds to the list regarding the importance of microbes.

Critical Analysis:  I have briefly heard how microbes are starting to be used to influence how food tastes and what food can provide for our bodies prior to reading this article. I found the fact that these microbes being manipulated to make some food dishes more nutritionally beneficial to be interesting because this is a field of science that can be explored more. In terms of the scientific accuracy of this article, I could tell that the author was catering towards the food theme, trying to link puns when describing the role of microbes or biochemical processes. Although this makes the article entertaining and easier to read, the author could provide a brief background as to how proteins are influenced by “biochemical cleavers,” for example. This article definitely did a good job at informing the public of the science that is going on and how this type of science can benefit people because the author primarily expressed the benefits of having microbes in food.

Question: Could experimenting with the microbes in fast food make fast food items more nutritional and beneficial to people while keeping the price relatively cheap?

1 Comment for “Microbes Play a Beneficial Role in Food”

Rod Espejo

says:

Besides fermentation, I’m not sure what other processes you can utilize microbes in, in regards to cooking. As a foodie myself, I do enjoy the many ways they help enhance flavors of certain dishes though.
In response to your query, yes, the use of microbes in their cooking could definitely help make their food more nutritional and/or beneficial to their consumers. But since microbes are everywhere (therefore cheap), they may want to be careful in extracting these microorganisms to prevent contamination of pathogens or other harmful bacteria. However, it is possible for them to do just that. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’ve already started doing just that anyway.

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