Eating raw cookie dough is worse for you than you thought

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Eating Raw Cookie Dough Is Worse For You Than You Thought

Parents are always being dismissed as being overly cautious when they warn kids about the dangers of digging into raw cookie dough.

As it turns out, cookie dough can actually give you something much worse than just a tummy-ache.

Experts say raw cookie dough may contain pathogens like Salmonella and E. coli that can land you in the ER.

Consuming the dangerous snack can do as little as cause nausea, but it can also have serious consequences like acute kidney failure or even death.

The FDA says the chances of being affected by the more serious side effects are increased for older adults, young children and infants, pregnant women, as well as anyone who may have a compromised immune system.

But to stay on the safe side, everyone should avoid eating raw cookie dough.

It's also important to note that it isn't just the eggs that can make raw dough toxic.

Because store-bought dough is pasteurized and makes the raw eggs harmless, it's the other ingredients that can be dangerous, flour in particular.

It may be a good idea to hold off on snacking on the cookie dough until it's baked. Or, if you lack patience, just dig in to the leftover chocolate chips.

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