31 Jul '17, 3pm

Blowing out cake candles boosts frosting bacteria by 1,400 percent

Blowing out cake candles boosts frosting bacteria by 1,400 percent

Calling all party poopers, this one's for you! But for the most part, it’s not the end of the world for birthday cake eaters. I’m not a germaphobe at heart, but sometimes things that one can't unsee give a little nudge in that direction. Like the time I witnessed a sneezing-hacking-oozing boy wipe his wetted-with-body-fluids hand on the subway pole, and ever since I have devised all kinds of interesting ways to avoid ever touching a subway pole with my bare hands again. Now that I’ve read a study titled “Bacterial Transfer Associated with Blowing Out Candles on a Birthday Cake,” will I become a frosting scraper-offer? And what kind of Scrooge would come up with such a study? A Grinch, for sure, someone who does rain dances before parades, no doubt. Writing in The Atlantic, Sarah Zhang wondered the same thing . “So I called up Paul Dawson, a professor of food safety at Clem...

Full article: https://www.treehugger.com/health/blowing-out-cake-candle...

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