Be honest: Most of us have some pretty gross food habits. From the three-second rule to eating leftovers wayyyy past their prime, we all do some questionable things in the name of hunger. But we bet you never thought about what happens when you blow out birthday candles on your special day, and you might want to sit down for this.
A new study revealed that blowing out birthday candles increases bacteria on the cake by 1,400 percent, which is downright disgusting if you’re a germophobe.
So even though it’s one of the best time-honored traditions around, it turns out it’s actually, well, pretty gross.
The researchers found that “blowing out the candles over the icing surface resulted in 1400% more bacteria compared to icing not blown on,” adding, “[due] to the transfer of oral bacteria to icing by blowing out birthday candles, the transfer of bacteria and other microorganisms from the respiratory tract of a person blowing out candles to food consumed by others is likely.”
He was quick to point out, though, that he doesn’t believe it is a big health concern, saying, “in reality if you did this 100,000 times, then the chance of getting sick would probably be very minimal,” and we’d be well aware by now if there were some sort of outbreak of illnesses from Chuck E. Cheese’s parties around the country.