Bread from…vaginal yeast: Would you eat it?

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A woman decided to try making sourdough using vaginal yeast after noticing that she had thrush.

The “little home baking project”, as Zoe Stavri called it in her blog post, started on Saturday morning when she noticed the “itchy, burny” symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection.

“I giggled to myself ‘maybe I could make bread with that’,” she wrote. “And that ticked into, ‘well, I’ve always wanted to try making my own sourdough anyway.”

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BuzzFeed News spoke to Dr. Ian Roberts, curator of the National Collection of Yeast Cultures at the Institute of Food Research, about the project.

He said that in over 30 years of working with yeasts this is the first time he’s heard of anyone baking sourdough using yeast from their vagina. However, in theory “it is not impossible” to do.

“Sourdough cultures are generally made using microbes that fall in from the surrounding environment,” he said, “but there are many different species and strains of yeasts, not all of which can be used to make bread, and some of which cause diseases.”

He said the yeasts we would normally use for baking, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, are not likely to be found in our body’s cavities.

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