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The Unsettling Truth About Blowing Out Candles on Cake


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“Bacterial Transfer Associated with Blowing Out Candles on a Birthday Cake,” reads the title of a recent study out of the Journal of Food Research. That’s quite a headline! The study presented a somewhat unsurprising finding: Saliva travels, so, naturally, the seemingly benign act of blowing out candles on a birthday cake involves the transmission of bacteria.

 

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The findings, ultimately, were that blowing out candles resulted in a whopping 15 times more the amount of bacteria, on average, recovered from the icing compared to the control samples. This number obviously varied from trial to trial and subject to subject; in one person's case, this number was as high as 120 times more.

 

(Food52 is an independent food publisher founded by Amanda Hester and Merrill Stubbs.)

 

 

Johan

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1 hour ago, Thesauron said:

 

. This number obviously varied from trial to trial and subject to subject; in one person's case, this number was as high as 120 times more.

 

(Food52 is an independent food publisher founded by Amanda Hester and Merrill Stubbs.)

 

 

Johan

 

I wonder if it is referring to the old woman video that shows her blowing out the candles and her dentures flew out of her mouth? 

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They have long known and warned about the problems involved with sneezing - and being able to blow out all the candles on many birthday cakes takes the same amount of force a sneeze does.

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