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Hey, you! Yes, you. Stop yourself from dipping into that bowl of salsa again. We know how tempting it is to add a li’l more flava to that chip of yours, but up-to-date studies show us the down side to this age-old habit called double dipping.
According to an article in the New York Times, a team of undergraduate students at Clemson University discovered that double dipping transferred thousands of bacteria as it bounced from the chip eater's mouth to the dipping bowl, growing with each bite. Yikes! The study also found that the runnier the dip (i.e. salsa), the more bacteria transferred compared to thicker dips (such as cheese or chocolate).
Although double dipping may not be a huge health risk, it's still good to get the final word that this is a no-go. It's sharing a bowl of thousands of bacteria and saliva from several different mouths. Yuck.
So the next time you're at a party or a get together, throw some dip onto a plate before everyone starts digging in and be worry-free. Party on, ladies.
By: Sharon Choi