There’s More Than Calories to Consider before Eating This Treat Warns FDA

Cookie dough treats should be avoided

Weight loss experts tell us that eating occasional treats while dieting is okay to help stave off cravings—a trick used by many women to stay French-slim. But according to a recent warning from the FDA, here’s one common childhood treat you should definitely avoid.

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Consumers should not be eating any raw dough for cookies or other raw dough products before the dough is properly cooked warns the FDA―in spite of the fact that many have done so for years without ever getting sick back in the days of youth when their mother allowed them to sample from the cookie dough batter before baking. As it turns out, it’s a game of Russian roulette that could at the least make you sick and possibly even kill you.

According to the FDA, raw dough for cookies and other baking dishes often contain harmful bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli that are killed off only under high baking temperatures. And if you think that careful washing of the egg’s surface before handling will remove the risk during food prep, think again. It turns out eggs can actually be contaminated from within.

So, what is it like to eat contaminated dough? For starters you might find yourself experiencing stomach cramps, fever, vomiting or diarrhea to the point that a quick trip to the Emergency Room is necessary.

Furthermore, anyone, of any age or health condition, could get very sick or die from potential bacterial contamination associated with raw dough products. The FDA warns that this is especially true for pregnant mothers and their fetuses, people with weak immune systems such as the very young, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems due to disease or taking medications that suppresses the immune system.

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FDA recommendations on safe food-handling practices to stay healthy:

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• Do not eat any raw cookie dough or any other raw dough product that’s supposed to be cooked or baked.

• Follow package directions for cooking at proper temperatures and for specified times.

• Wash hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with raw dough products.

• Keep raw foods separate from other foods while preparing them to prevent any contamination that might be present from spreading.

• Follow label directions to chill products promptly after purchase and after using them.

For more about why you should not be eating some foods raw, here is an informative article on how Tainted Human Food Makes Dogs Sick even if there are no harmful bacteria involved.

Reference: FDA.gov “Consumer Advisory: FDA Continues to Warn Against Eating Raw Dough for Cookies or Other Raw Dough Products before Cooking

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