Is Double-Dipping A Health Risk?

We’ve all done it, dipped the chip in the dip, taken a bite, and then gone back in for another scoop! The Doctors investigate if the dreaded double-dip is breeding grounds for germs and bacteria.

“Is it that bad for your health when you double-dip that chip?” ER physician Dr. Travis Stork wonders.

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We tested three different types of dips – salsa, cheese sauce and chocolate sauce – to find out if going in more than once with the same item was a possible health risk. We also tested if flipping the chip to the side where your mouth has not touched matters when it came to spreading germs.

Check out our results below:

Salsa
Tested positive for two types of staphylococcus (Staph) with one being a variant of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

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Cheese sauce
Tested positive for two types of staphylococcus (Staph) with one being a variant of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Chocolate sauce
Also tested positive for two types of staphylococcus (Staph), but not Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

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According to our test, when the chip was flipped, the salsa and the chocolate did not test positive for bacteria, but the cheese did have staph. We also learned salsa is 5 times more susceptible to bacteria when compared to the cheese and chocolate.

While flipping your item might cut down on the bacteria, Dr. Stork’s take away feeling is, “Here’s the deal, double-dipping – don’t do it!”

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