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In 1908, in an explanation of his longevity-without-aging theory, Metchinkoff stated that lactic acid bacteria in sour milk displaced toxin-producing bacteria, thus promoting health. At about the same time (1899), Tisser isolated bifidobacteria from the stools of infants and recommended administration of the same to infants suffering from diarrhea (63). Since that time, numerous studies on the use of lactic cultures in foods have continued. These studies have yielded variable results with regard to the health benefits of probiotics. In the past few years, the use of probiotics in yogurt and fermented products have exploded.
Preventing fouling in the large intestine (34). From his idea evolved the idea of functional foods as a marketing term in the 1980s. This term is used to describe foods fortified with ingredients capable of producing health benefits. The trend for healthful foods is becoming increasingly popular with consumers because of the awareness that diet can influence health. Probiotic foods are defined as foods containing live microorganisms in significant concentrations that actively enhance the health of consumers by improving the balance of microflora in the gut when ingested (18). This restricts probiotics to products that contain live microorganisms, improve health and well-being of humans or animals, and can affect host mucosal surfaces including the mouth and gastrointestinal tract, the upper respiratory tract, or the urogenital tract (35). In Japan, a standard for probiotic foods was developed stipulating that a product contain greater than 1 x 107 viable Bifidobacteria per gram or...
The dollar figures involved are informative. When alcohol is made on a large scale, as it is for the fuel-alcohol industry (gasohol) its cost of manufacture is about 25 cents per litre. This is for 100 alcohol. If diluted to the 40 commonly used for vodka, gin and other distilled spirits a litre would contain about 10 cents (U.S.) worth of alcohol. The retail price of a litre of vodka will lie somewhere between 10 and 20 depending on the country and level of taxation. The mark-up is enormous. To be fair, some of the difference is due to the scale of manufacture, the purity of the product, transportation, the profit margin, etc., but even allowing for these factors the tax burden on the consumer is extremely high. In an attempt to justify their actions and to persuade consumers to accept them, governments promote the idea that drinking is not only sinful but harmful to your health, so (they say) the tax is made deliberately high in order to protect you As Scrooge would say, Bah, humbug
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