Parasites by definition are any organisms which live on another organism to complete their life cycle and to reproduce themselves.
Sometimes producing a positive result like in the fungi which you can eat, like mushrooms or food and drinks made using yeast, like bread and soy sauce.
There are broadly two types of harmful parasites helminths and protozoa. Helminths’ are the parasites which are which affect us usually causing disease that is mainly associated with intestines. Protozoa the other known variety which is single cell organism that has a rapid progression inside the host.
The foods that allow microorganisms to grow are called a Growth Medium. Some examples of those foods are milk, cheese, chicken, beans and other foods that are high in protein and moisture and are not acidic. In some instances, parasites themselves become the Growth Medium. This is the only case where the statement holds True.
• Epiparasite: these are the organisms which live on the parasites, a relationship known as hyperparasitism. The fleas which live off a dog may contain protozoa in them, the protozoan is the Hyperparasite.
A hyperparasite is an organism which has a life cycle that leads to the consumption of a different parasitic organism. This kind of life cycle is prevalent in the entomophagous parasites.
A great example of this can be found in the coffee many people like to consume Coffeaarabica one of the main diseases is caused by a parasite called the Hemiplegia Vastarix. which is intern affected by the Lecanicilliumlecanii which is a hyperparasitic fungus that causes White halo fungus disease.
Hyperparasites has not just been limited to the fungus but is an evident phenomenon in another form of micro-organic beings. It is also existent in the plant and insect kingdom
Another kind of parasitism includes two main categories:
• Superparasitism: When one organism is inhabited by 2 different parasite larvae at the same time.
• Multiparasitism: When one host organism is affected by more than one parasites at the same time.
This goes on to prove that yes the foods which help microorganisms are parasites though on a broader scale this is hardly true as microorganism as a term includes a large amount of different kinds of beings which do not necessarily live on parasites for their growth and it would be quite encouraging to know that the concept of hyperparasites is not necessarily limited to microorganism but prevalent as a part of the larger ecological system mutating things one life cycle at a time.