Is Double Dipping A Health Hazard Or Just Gross? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/31/08

Is Double Dipping A Health Hazard Or Just Gross?

Any good super bowl party will have a bowl of chips and dip, right?  This means you risk some party-goers double dipping while they watch the game.  If you don't know what it means to double dip... This episode from Seinfeld makes it very clear. "What're you doing? did you just double dip? You double dipped the chip! You dipped the chip, you took a bite, and you dipped again. That's like putting your whole mouth right in the dip."

Is that true? is double dipping a health hazard or just gross? Scientists at Clemson University studied double dipping and found that if someone double dips as few as three times in a bowl, that can transfer as many as ten thousand bacteria from the mouth to the bowl. Salsa picked up the most bacteria, because it tends to be runny which always germs to spread more easily throughout the bowl. "That's like putting your whole mouth right in the dip.

From now on, when you take a chip, just take one dip and end it. The  double dipping study is expected to be published later this year in the Journal of Food Safety.

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