Since the discovery of microscopic organisms in 1676 by Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, people have had an antagonistic relationship with microbes. At ﬁrst people scoffed at their very existence, but soon it became clear that these tiny creatures were the source of all sorts of ailments.
Normally, when people talk about food, cheating is associated with eating something that is supposed to be off the menu (or not eating something that is supposed to be included as a healthy option). So, what if we take a moment to turn the notion of cheating upside down? Here’s a perspective about food I hadn’t considered until I sat down to write this article.