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On Super Bowl Sunday: Swapping Spit with a Chip

Filed Under: Sexual Health at 3:32 pm | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
GuacamoleAs the ball snaps, you grab a chip, dunking it liberally into the dip. You bite, watching as Tom Brady scans the field, looking for Moss’ open hands. He spots them, yards away, and releases the football. As it spirals through the air, men jump, reach, tackle and sprint. You notice that the remainder of your chip is decidedly dry, and just as Randy Moss pulls the pigskin into his side you plunge the chip back into its cheesy complement. You double dip.

It’s a social faux pas, one bound to elicit a few dirty looks and disgruntled grunts. It could ruin the rest of your Super Bowl party, making you the hated “double dipper” and, whether you know it or not, the spreader of bacteria. With each double dip, bacteria are transferred from your mouth to the dip. Just three extra dunks place 10,000 new bacteria in the cheese, guacomle or salsa beside the chip basket. And each chip that goes into the bowl afterwards takes between 50 and 100 bacteria with it, meaning once the double dip has happened, you don’t even want to dip once.

Should you, then, forgo the chips altogether, limiting yourself to the non-dipping snacks? It would cut into your Super Bowl binge considerably, eliminating not just the Tostitos but the pretzels, hot wings, mozzarella sticks and even the vegetables. You could eat all of them dry, but what’s the fun in that? The celery loses a great deal of appeal when you can’t slather it in creamy dressing. So where does that leave you? Well, you have a few options:

1. Institute a clear no double-dipping law, posting signs and monitoring bowls of dip as if they held top-secret government information, forsaking crucial plays and hysterical commercials in favor of limiting bacteria.
2. Distribute individual bowls of dip to each guest, creating a great deal of dishes post-party but ensuring that no one double-dips with a stranger.
3. Throw caution to the wind and dip with abandon, deciding that yes you would kiss everyone at the party if given the opportunity, because that is essentially what you are doing.
4. Choose wisely. If you dip, dip in the thicker selections as bacteria are spread less readily in them. Salsa is your health’s worst nightmare; the runnier it is the more contaminated it is. And whatever you do, do not double dip.

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