You dip the way you want to dip…

… I’ll dip the way I want to dip!

The New York Times reports on a study that was inspired by the Seinfeld “Double Dip” episode.

On average, the students found that three to six double dips transferred about 10,000 bacteria from the eater’s mouth to the remaining dip.

Each cracker picked up between one and two grams of dip. That means that sporadic double dipping in a cup of dip would transfer at least 50 to 100 bacteria from one mouth to another with every bite.

The kind of dip made a difference in a couple of ways. The more acidic water samples had somewhat fewer bacteria, and the numbers of bacteria declined with time. But the acidic salsa picked up higher initial numbers of bacteria than the cheese or chocolate, because it was runny. The thicker the dip, the more stuck to the chip, and so the fewer bacteria were left behind in the bowl.

Personally, I am a reverse double dipper. I’ll dip twice, but I’ll hit the guac with a clean edge of chip. That way I get two scoops per chip, which I eat guilt-free.

Now try to enjoy your Super Bowl Sunday.

Joe Donatelli
Joe Donatelli is a writer in Los Angeles

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