Eat Your Germs

Want to stay healthy? One way may be to get plenty of bacteria in your diet--provided they're the kind found in probiotic foods

Illustration by David Plunkert for TIME

No doubt you have heard that yogurt is teeming with bacteria--and no doubt you try not to think about that as you dig into a cup of the stuff. Yes, they're supposed to be good bacteria, ones that not only don't make you sick but actually improve your health. Still, a spoonful of critters with unlovely names like Lactobacillus reuteri, Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Bifidus regularis will never sound like a palate pleaser to even the most dedicated health nut.

Whether or not you've ever developed a taste--or even a tolerance--for living things in your lunch, more are on the way. Food...

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