Parental Myths #7: Raw Dough and Worms

Parental Myth #7:  Eating Raw Dough Will Give You Worms

This one is fairly straight forward.  We know that the raw eggs in dough can cause salmonella (yes a nasty sickness, vile indeed).  But, the raw cookie dough will not inoculate you with intestinal parasites, nor saturate you with squirmy worms.  If you want my personal opinion, this myth was started by a frustrated mother.  While trying to get children to leave her alone in the kitchen, she finally had enough.  Rather than lose her cool with these little ones she probably blurted out something like, "I told you to keep your fingers out of the cookie dough.  If you eat that stuff before it's cooked, it will give you worms."  And thus, the genesis of yet another parental myth. E'nuf said

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Andy Fletcher

Andy "Fletch" Fletcher has been married for the past 22 years. He and his wife Kendra are the proud parents of five sons and three daughters, all of whom keep them laughing and on their toes. During the day he can be found fixing people's teeth, but in his spare time you can find Fletch stretching out a pair of flip-flops, creating a new pizza recipe, playing the drums, or rescuing a piece of his tie-dye wardrobe from his wife's donation pile. You can find him online where he writes on his personal blog: theMangoTimes and cohosts with his wife on the podcast.