Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Lady Uses Bacteria From Her Vagina to Make Yogurt, Eats It

Prepare to be grossed out. *clutchespearls*
A scientist made yogurt from her own vagina and then ate it as a part of a bizarre experiment. University of Wisconsin PhD student Cecilia Westbrook made two batches of her very own natural yogurt after seeing a cookbook documenting recipes using sperm, but being unable to find a female equivalent. Ms Westbrook said: "In a way, it’s so obvious. Like, of course you can make yogurt out of your natural flora. But who would think to do it? And of course the feminist in me wants to say something about how there’s a beauty in connecting your body to your food and exploring the power that your vagina has. Part of that is kind of a mystical hippie thing, but part of it is also just getting comfortable with your own body, especially in a culture that is so uncomfortable with women’s bodies." She made the yogurt overnight, using a wooden spoon to collect her ingredients, and fermenting it in a dish. When she woke, she ate the sample with blueberries, saying that it tasted like Indian yogurt. Her rather 'personal' journey was documented by close friend Janet Jay. Mrs Jay said: "Every vagina is home to hundreds of different types of bacteria and organisms. The dominant bacteria is called lactobacillus, which also happens to be what people sometimes use to culture milk, cheese, and yogurt." After carrying out the experiment however, the pair consulted Larry Forney, a microbiologist at the University of Idaho, who warned them that it was a bad idea. He told them that by carrying out this experiment, you ‘could end up with a bad batch’ because there are far more bacteria in a vagina that lactobacilli, leaving room for things to go wrong.

source: Mirror
Cecilia used a wooden spoon -- yes, a spoon -- to harvest the "natural flora" from her cattrap. She says the first batch of yogurt "tasted sour, tangy, and almost tingly on the tongue." So decided to add blueberries. The second batch didn't taste any better: She tasted even more tart, like slightly-spoiled milk. She doesn't intend to repeat the experiment, however. And to reiterate, this is not safe (the FDA says so) and should be tried at home.

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