Should you avoid double dipping? Truths about germs and food safety

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Nacho chips with guacamole avocado dip. Photo credit: Marco Verch/CC BY 2.0 via Flickr

If you dunk a chip into a bowl of salsa, bite it, then dunk again, are you spreading your germs all over the communal dip? If you drop food on the floor, pick it up, and eat it in five seconds -- is that safe? Is it better to use a hand dryer or paper towel after you wash your hands? We speak with the author of “Did You Just Eat That?: Two Scientists Explore Double-Dipping, the Five-Second Rule, and other Food Myths in the Lab.”

Cover image of “Did You Just Eat That?” Photo credit:  W. W. Norton & Company
Credits

Guest:
Paul Dawson - professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Clemson University; author of “Did You Just Eat That?”

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Christian Bordal, Yael Even Or, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir, Caitlin Plummer