I certainly was under the impression that
stone washed jeans became that way by having someone wash them with some
form of liquid and allowing them to dry, or have them rubbed with some kind of
stones! I could not be more wrong on every count. One day while reading
some technical book I found to my amazement that the stone washed jeans were
produced by soaking them in a large vessel containing fungus, which in turn
products an enzyme that imparts that washed out look because the enzyme
partially “eats” the cotton fiber!
Let’s go back to food again. There’s a
wealth of data out there about fungus.
Some of us don’t have the time for a decent
meal or can’t afford one. Well, I would not suggest even for a moment eating a
can of pork and beans. Beans create
flatus and it can be embarrassing in some places! To take care of the flatulence you
need to take a pill: BeanoTM which contains an enzyme that reduces the
flatulence. And that enzyme, by the way is another fungus prepared one.
No Chinese meal is complete unless it is
accompanied by Soy Sauce. Well, the authentic soy sauce uses three step processes,
each with a different fungus as well as bacterium!
Yet another Chinese dish, the Peking Duck,
before its cooking is rubbed with a red colored substance, which I learned later
was red yeast (another fungi !) to give the duck its color. It is interesting
to note that this yeast they use in marinating the duck has cholesterol
lowering drug! This yeast is also used in rice, and is available as red yeast
We hope we have been able to dispel many of
the myths surrounding fungus. It has, just like every natural and synthetic
substance a good side and a bad side. The idea is to take the good, and
avoid the bad.
Read more about fungus in our lives:
Fungus: Role in Medication
Fungus: Role in Food Products
Is Fungus Good or Bad? Interesting Facts About Fungi
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