We Can’t Eat Raw Dough But We Can Eat This
Posted On Jul 01, 2016
Everyone knows you’re “not supposed” to eat raw cookie cough, but what the heck, we do it anyway. However, the Food and Drug Administration just released a statement revealing that we really, really shouldn’t consume raw dough of any kind.
According to Jenny Scott, a senior advisor in the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, “eating raw dough or batter—whether it’s for bread, cookies, pizza or tortillas—could make you, and your kids, sick.” Using raw dough to make play dough is also not recommended.
We’ve long been told that cookie dough was bad for us, and eggs were the culprit due to its associated risk of Salmonella. And that’s likely why your mom never allowed you to lick the bowl (okay – maybe she did once in a while). But this time, it’s the E. coli-contaminated flour. Regardless of the brand, flour can contain bacteria that can cause disease. Dozens of people across the states have been sickened by a strain of bacteria called Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121 found in flour.
Cooking, boiling, baking, roasting, microwaving, or frying products that contain raw ingredients are the only ways to kill harmful bacteria, such as Salmonella and E. coli, which keeps you and your family safe.
Common symptoms for Shiga toxin-producing E. coli are diarrhea (often bloody) and abdominal cramps, which typically go away within a week. Other more severe illnesses last longer and may lead to kidney failure.
But we’ve got news for the cookie dough lover. Cookie dough doesn’t have to be a “don’t” if it’s done right. There has been a crop of edible cookie dough companies opening online shops and stocking up grocery store shelves with not-so-raw cookie dough. home-makes gourmet, gluten-free cookie dough that is also egg-free and contains heat treated flour.
Flour Heat Treatment is a process designed to modify the properties of flour, germ, and bran. Heat treated flour is also what makes cookie dough found in ice cream and candy edible. Unfortunately, heat treated flour is not typically found on in grocery stores. Nestle Tollhouse and Pillsbury uses heat treated flour in their raw dough products; however, the brands recommend consumers to refrain from eating them raw.
The bottom line is don’t eat food (or allow children to play with) that contains any raw components. Be sure to follow all directions printed on the packaging.