Q: Can cookie dough really make you sick?
Oz Says: The risks are pretty low, but they're there. Uncooked dough that contains raw eggs has always been a no-go for sampling, but now uncooked flour has been traced to illness in nearly 63 people in 24 states. Turns out the grains that are used to make flour go directly from field to mill, leaving out any kind of decontamination process. (After all, you're expected to cook flour, not eat it raw.)
Most people who were affected in this outbreak had a pretty rough time: They were struck with abdominal cramps and serious diarrhea. "You're probably going to eat cookie dough many times and not get ill — but then one time, you roll the dice and lose," says Jenny Scott, a senior adviser in the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Is licking the spoon worth the risk? Up to you.
This story originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.
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