Dangers of the Double-Dip

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courtesy of WSJ

I drive my family crazy during holiday gatherings because I slip into the role of Time-Temperature Abuse Police. “Mom, don’t you think this cheese platter has been out long enough? Did you check the temperature of the meat? Ahem—How long has this sushi been on the counter?” I also obsessively wipe countertops. I know, I know. It’s not totally my fault, though—you take a Microbiology class and then come talk to me.

One holiday health hazard that normal people actually think about, though, is the great double dip debacle. Many people get grossed out by the mere thought of someone dipping a chip, taking a bite, and then dipping it right back in. Others shrug off such germ-phobic disdain and double-dip to their heart’s content.

So is double-dipping that chip in the salsa really so bad?

Apparently, yes.

This video from the Wall Street Journal explains…

Is It True? The dangers of the double-dip

Are you a double-dipper? If not, do you know any double-dip offenders? Any good stories about double-dip-related confrontations? 

8 thoughts on “Dangers of the Double-Dip

    Thew NeuroNautic said:
    February 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    peoplef fingers are dirtier than their mouths. so id prefer a double dip to a dip reverse dip anyway

      Jess responded:
      February 4, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      yeah, good point. also kind of gross.

    Lauren said:
    February 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I can get grossed out with the studies with the lights that show the bacteria but I side with our immune systems. Maybe I have enough other areas that I obsess about when it comes to food. Even though I don’t have germ phobia, I am nutty about handwashing and appreciate a phobia and never judge.

      Jess responded:
      February 4, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      Yeah, I mean, people survived for thousands of years without all the antibacterial products and double-dip paranoia. I’m with you on the hand washing though.

    heroldsroses said:
    February 4, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    This not a double dip story but it is gross! When my husband was a kid he and some cousins were visiting the bachelor uncles, at lunchtime. Everybodies eating,when one of his cousins leaves the room for a bit. While he’s gone the dog eats the rest of his food off his plate. When he comes back nobody tells him, so he proceeds to put more food on his plate and eat it!! This cousin was an adult before anyone told him he ate off of the same plate as the dog!!

      Jess responded:
      February 4, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      That IS gross! And kind of funny…

    Marina@cowboycountryvegetarian said:
    February 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Double dipping is not a bigger deal than any other contact. The focus should be not on the avoiding bacteria but on improving the immune system. If the immunity is low (I am not talking here about ill people), chances are very high even from single dipping person can get sick as there are many bacteria in the air, water, etc. With all the antibacterial soaps, sanitizers, antibiotics, etc, we weakened our immune system to the point that scientists are urging to stop using sanitizers and antibacterial soaps.

    Chiropractor in San Diego said:
    February 9, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Just like handwashing and good hygiene, proper and considerate food preparation (and sharing) must also be taken into account. It is only appropriate to keep from double dipping, otherwise have your own dip.

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