Diet & Nutrition

Germaphobes, prepare to CRINGE: there’s a 1400% chance your birthday cake is covered in bacteria

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By Ellie McDonald
In news set to cause you to back/run away from every birthday cake in sight, scientists have discovered that that slice of raspberry cheesecake you ate to celebrate your aunt’s birthday is probably coated in germs.
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^^Nope. Just... nope.
After conducting countless studies around food safety, researchers at Clemson University have confirmed that blowing out candles on a birthday cake can actually increase the amount of bacteria on the frosting tenfold.
However, before you vow against eating even the most delicious, retro Australian Women’s Weekly kids’ birthday cakes, Professor Dawson says that despite this alarming find, the likelihood of you falling ill from this birthday-cake bacteria is slim.
“In reality if you did this 100,000 times, then the chance of getting sick would probably be very minimal,” he tells The Atlantic, suggesting that perhaps only really avoiding eating the cake if said-candle-blower is clearly unwell.
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