Keeping your mitts away from the cookie dough has always
been more of an advisory doled out by moms who wanna see their cookies eaten after they're baked rather than before. But scientists have
discovered that scarfing down the good stuff before it’s cooked can lead to
problems far bigger than mom catching you sneaking a finger-full.
Researchers who studied the 2009 E. coli outbreak linked to
ready-to-bake cookie products found in stores across the country think they’ve
found the illness-inducing culprit: unprocessed flour, reports the New York
Times. While some companies, like Nestle, now use only processed flour in their products, others have yet to alter their ingredients.
The scientists are wagging their fingers particularly at
teenage girls, who, the studied showed, tend to buy these ready-made cookie
dough products without actually intending to bake the cookies at all. If you’re
one of the many following this delicious but so-not-OK trend, you might wanna back
away from the batter. Save your health, sweeties, and opt for eating your cookies fresh outta the oven...preferably with a glass of milk (or, you know, hot chocolate) by your side.