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Scientists Discover Why You Should Stop Double-Dipping When Dining With Others

Scientists Discover Why You Should Stop Double-Dipping When Dining With Others

Knock it off already. You think people have noticed the double dipping? They do. And you need to stop. I’m not just saying that because your uptight relative has a huge problem with it. I get it, it’s fun to watch them squirm over this. There are scientific reasons why you need to stop as well as social ones. I have outlined the below. You are welcome.

Who Studied This?

Undergraduates at Clemson University studied double dipping.

How Were The Experiments Conducted?

Bitten crackers and unbitten crackers were studied by students. They measured the amount of bacteria could potentially transfer from the crackers by dipping into a cup of water.

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They found “about 1,000 more bacteria per milliliter of water when crackers were bitten before dipping than solutions where unbitten crackers were dipped.”

It seems like what Mom said was right: germs are everywhere.

A second experiment tested bitten vs. unbitten in water with ph levels typical of food dips. The more acidic solutions were tested after 2 hours and they found that the bacteria lowered from the initial reading immediately after the bite.

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Next different “dips” were tested. Salsa, chocolate, and cheese dips (all different ph levels and thickness.) They tested bacteria in the dips after bitten crackers were dipped and after unbitten crackers were dipped. Additionally they tested hours later to see how the colonies of bacteria faired after time had gone by.

Results

When single dipping there was no detectable amount of bacteria present.

Once double dipping took place there was bacteria and here is how it looked on the different dips:

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Salsa had five times more bacteria (1000 bacteria/ml of dip) compared to chocolate and cheese dips (150-200 bacteria/ml of dip.)

Two hours later the salsa dropped to the same numbers of the chocolate and cheese dips. The acid in salsa helps to kill of bacteria over time.

The original results of more bacteria in salsa is thought to be related to the thickness. The salsa is not as thick as the chocolate and cheese counterparts. This means more dip (salsa) is touching the cracker and falling back in the bowl. As it falls back into the bowl it holds on for dear life to the bacteria that had reached out from the double dipper’s mouth. “Please pull us up too”, says the salsa as it careens back into the bow. “We can’t do it says,” the bacteria. And then the salsa says, “if we are going down you are coming down with us”. And they do in fact bring some with them. Thus polluting the salsa with the bacteria from double dipper.

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How Worrisome Is This?

Well, it’s worrisome like shaking hands with a person that sneezed or coughed on their hand. Some calculated risks are taken when living in society and you are going to run into bacteria. By all means don’t skip the party in fear. In the same token if you see a person over at the salsa double dipping – don’t run towards them to get slopping seconds. You don’t know what dormant bacteria they might have.

Also, hey double dippers – when you live in polite society you also should maybe try to protect your fellow humans by not double dipping. If you must dip more put some on a plate and dip that way. After all I want you to have a good time. Just stay away from my salsa. You wouldn’t like me when I don’t have salsa.

For a great deal more information on this study and what it means please head over to the article titled Is Double Dipping A Food Safety Problem or Just a Nasty Habit?

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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