Waiting for cookies to be baked pays off for your health (also, you get to eat the colorful sprinkles).

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Tempting, but...

Noshing on raw cookie dough? Not such a good idea

The holiday season just wouldn't be the same without delicious Christmas cookies. Impatience in the bakery, however, might be penalized with some unpleasant or even dangerous side-effects.

Bruce Ruck, managing director of the New Jersey Poison Control Center at Rutgers University Medical School, talks about the risks associated with eating raw cookie dough: “It’s a potential recipe for food poisoning – eating raw cookie dough, bread batter or cake and brownie mixes. Raw ingredients may be contaminated with a variety of harmful germs, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites that can make anyone especially children and older adults quite sick, E. coli from the flour and salmonella from the eggs. Pay close attention to any symptoms. Raw products can cause serious gastrointestinal complications.”

cookie dough on stirring device
Cookie dough is delicious, but also holds all kinds of harmful ingredients.
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Baked and other cooked food are safe to eat because cooking’s high temperatures kill bacteria. Remember to follow safe food handling practices when preparing, cooking and storing foods. 

Periodically check pantries, refrigerators and freezers to make sure recalled foods linked to contamination and outbreaks are removed.



Source: Rutgers University-New Brunswick

14.12.2018

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