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Can hamper cheese cure diseases?
Published on 01/02/2011

A component found in a hamper food may potentially prove beneficial to health.

It has been suggested that the bacteria occurring naturally in cheese and yoghurt could help to prevent colonic illnesses.

Researchers at Northwestern University used genetically tweaked probiotics in an experiment involving mice suffering from colon inflammation.

After being fed the ingredient for 13 days, the progression of the disease had been prevented by 95 per cent.

Mansour Mohamadzadeh, associate professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and lead investigator of the study, commented on the medicinal possibilities that the research presents.

"Such gene targeting in a probiotic bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus offers the possibility of a safe, drug-free treatment in the near future," he said.

The fight against conditions such as Crohn's disease and colon cancer stand to be supported by this scientific discovery, it has been claimed.

Darlene Zimmerman of Henry Ford Hospital was recently quoted by the Detroit Free Press as saying blue cheese can be a healthy ingredient to cook with, as its high-fat content can be offset by how little is needed to flavour recipes.

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