Production of ethanol from infant food formulas by common yeasts

J Appl Bacteriol. 1985 Apr;58(4):355-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.1985.tb01473.x.


Four common yeasts (Candida albicans, Candida tropicalis, Torulopsis glabrata and Saccharomyces cerevisiae) were combined with five infant food formulas and/or supplements (Isomil, Nutramigen, 5% glucose, Coca Cola and Similac) and incubated at 37 degrees C. Gas chromatography was used to measure ethanol production after 24 and 48 h incubation. The quantities of ethanol produced suggest a possible explanation for patients exhibiting the 'Auto-Brewery Syndrome' and raises interest in the role auto-produced ethanol could have in explaining the etiology of Sudden Infant Death.

MeSH terms

  • Ethanol / metabolism*
  • Food Microbiology*
  • Humans
  • Infant Food*
  • Yeasts / metabolism*


  • Ethanol