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How Germy Is Double-Dipping,Really?

So...I'm a double-dipper.Yep,I said it.But wait!Before you click away from Vitamin G,read the fine print...

So...I'm a double-dipper.Yep,I said it.But wait!Before you click away from Vitamin G,read the fine print...

I only do it when I'm alone.Well,and when I'm sharing something with my husband (he makes a crockpot queso that has been scientifically proven is impossible not to double-dip).This is all to say that I'm a private dipper--you can totally take me to a party and I'll do the proper thing of scooping out a little dip and putting it on my own plate.

It's these public dippers that we're more concerned about.In the famousSeinfeldepisode,George is shamed for double-dipping his chips at a funeral by a fellow mourner,who says that it's like "putting your whole mouth into the bowl."

But is that true?One study found thatdouble-dipping a single cup of dip transfers about 500 to 1000 bacteria to someone else's mouth with every bite.

Another way of looking at it:double-dipping is like kissing your fellow dippers.Gross?Hm,maybe it depends on who you're dipping with.

Your turn: do you double-dip?Have you ever called someone out for their double-dippage?

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