Last week, a British blogger named Zoe Stavri blogged about an art project where she made sourdough out of her vaginal yeast. Here's why science says that's actually legit.
First, our bodies are already covered with bugs. They make up what's called the microbiome, and vaginal yeast is just a small part of it.
There's ten times more microbial cells on and inside your body than human ones!
Second, making sourdough is already kind of a gross process.
The bread rising — as well as the signature "sour" taste of sourdough — relies on capturing any wild yeast and bacteria already swimming around in the air.
One caveat with the vaginal yeast is it's really important that the yeast gets baked, to kill it. If it's left around the kitchen, it could lead to overgrowth. And since there are many different strains of yeast, it's possible that the unbaked yeast could produce toxins that could make you sick. As one scientist told BuzzFeed News, "It is very unlikely that baking yeast will be included in samples from an individual, while there is a much greater probability that disease-causing yeasts will be."
But Stavri's bread was pretty openly an art project to try to diffuse some of the "ick factor" around vaginas. And she's not the first to make food out of her bodily bacteria!
Though according to her, the bread still turned out delicious. She described it as "absolutely heavenly."
Rachel Zarrell is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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