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Comment: A coworker of mine claimed that an individual died from consuming
unbaked dough. She claims that the individual suffocated from the dough
rising and cutting off the oxygen supply. Is there any truth to this
claim?

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I'm confused. I thought that when you swallowed food it ended up in your stomach; not your lungs!

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I'm not sure how that could happen, because cookie dough doesn't generally have a leavening agent to make it rise.

Now, salmonella, on the other hand.... [Wink]

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Well, they never said it was cookie dough. Maybe it was bread dough. But still, I highly doubt it would rise much in the stomache, and certainly not enough to travel up enough to cut off your air. I would think the stomach acids would interfer with the delicate chemical reations that cause rising.

Just my thoughts...

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Definitely no way it would be cookie dough, if there is any element of truth to it all. If it were cookie dough, I would have been dead a lonnnggg time ago.

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I've eaten raw roll dough bunches of times, and I've yet to die from suffocation. I haven't even gotten some disease from ingesting raw eggs, yet.

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One of my favorite things when I was a kid was eating raw cake batter, cookie dough, bread dough, and hamburger meat. I just went and looked and I was still here bringing joy to everyone I know and don't know. [dunce]

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quote:
Originally posted by Mixible Ms Charli:
One of my favorite things when I was a kid was eating raw cake batter, cookie dough, bread dough, and hamburger meat.

Yup. Me too, even down to the hamburger meat. I survived, and, as a plus, I've never gotten food poisioning.

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iirc some animal poison control opperators had cases of dogs eating bread dough which had been put out to rise and did have complications from the bread expanding in their stomaches. My vet indicated that this was not an issue with the (non-rising) canned biscuit dough my pug ate, and dogs have "bloat" problems that make the issue not neccassarily translate to humans anyway. But that could be a start for the idea.
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From the ASPCA THANKSGIVING SAFETY TIP: BREAD DOUGH'S A NO-NO FOR DOGS AND CATS
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According to veterinarians at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), when bread dough is ingested, an animal's body heat causes the dough to rise in the stomach. As alcohol is produced during the rising process, the dough expands. Pets who've eaten bread dough may experience abdominal pain, bloat, vomiting, disorientation and depression.
Merck Veterinary Manual Bread Dough
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Raw bread dough made with yeast poses mechanical and biochemical hazards when ingested, including gastric distention, metabolic acidosis, and CNS depression. Although any species is susceptible, dogs are most commonly involved due to their indiscriminate eating habit


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quote:
Originally posted by Ryda Wong:
quote:
Originally posted by Mixible Ms Charli:
One of my favorite things when I was a kid was eating raw cake batter, cookie dough, bread dough, and hamburger meat.

Yup. Me too, even down to the hamburger meat. I survived, and, as a plus, I've never gotten food poisioning.
As paranoid about food safety as my family is, we eat raw dough and batter.

Commercially produced eggs are chemically bathed (eggs are laid through the cloaca, so most of the bacteria is on the outside, which is why one shouldn't separate eggs with the shells) and prepackaged egg products (like dough and batter) use pasteurised eggs to reduce the risk of food poisoning.

Even unprocessed eggs (rare) can be safe to eat -- only a fraction of eggs laid by hens carrying salmonella are contaminated, so less than 0.01% of eggs (in the US and Canada -- the US Northeast, Ontario, and Quebec have the highest incidence) have salmonella. The risk increases when you mix large numbers of eggs together (as restaraunts do). Even so, the risk of an contaminated egg dish is less than 1% (see Salmonella enteritidis).

Eating raw hamburger, now that's just crazy.

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quote:
Originally posted by Jason Threadslayer:
Eating raw hamburger, now that's just crazy.

Yeah, but it's darned tasty, and worth a bit of risk.....

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I have two friends who do that. (Eat raw hamburger.) I just think it's gross.

I want to say that it's a sign of iron deficiency, though. So if you have a craving for it, get your blood tested.

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I fight the urge (most of the time) to eat raw hamburger. But that is just because hamburger is all ground up and processed and has a lot of opportunity to pick up germies. I do love me some carpaccio though. I usually satisfy my bloodlust with a rare steak though.

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If it were from salmonella from raw eggs I would believe this. But no, there's probably not enough left after chewing and acids digesting the food to do any damage.
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I was always hanging around the kitchen when my mom was baking. Uncooked dough and batter were almost better than the finished product.

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Originally posted by Jason Threadslayer:


Commercially produced eggs are chemically bathed (eggs are laid through the cloaca, so most of the bacteria is on the outside, which is why one shouldn't separate eggs with the shells) and prepackaged egg products (like dough and batter) use pasteurised eggs to reduce the risk of food poisoning.

Even unprocessed eggs (rare) can be safe to eat -- only a fraction of eggs laid by hens carrying salmonella are contaminated, so less than 0.01% of eggs (in the US and Canada -- the US Northeast, Ontario, and Quebec have the highest incidence) have salmonella. The risk increases when you mix large numbers of eggs together (as restaraunts do). Even so, the risk of an contaminated egg dish is less than 1% (see Salmonella enteritidis).

Hmmmm, lots of us around here buy our eggs from local mennonite farms. I wonder if they've been washed?

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quote:
Originally posted by csel's in 2nd Grade:
[QB] I'm not sure how that could happen, because cookie dough doesn't generally have a leavening agent to make it rise.

If you assume that all cookies use some sort of flour, than a Yahoo Advance search suggests that about half of all cookie recipes use either baking soda or baking powder. Plus another 5% use yeast (and not the other 2, about 15% of recipes use yeast)

So, most cookie doughs do use leavening agents.

(searching for ' cookie recipe flower ' turns up ~21,000,000, although without flower turns up 30,000,000 but i'd assume most of the difference if from pages that aren't recipes at all, jsut refer to them)
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quote:
Originally posted by Ryda Wong:
quote:
Originally posted by Jason Threadslayer:
Eating raw hamburger, now that's just crazy.

Yeah, but it's darned tasty, and worth a bit of risk.....
Seconded. Add to it a nice bleeding steak. Steak tartare is just divine, and that's raw beef -and- raw egg. [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by LadyLockeout:
quote:
Originally posted by Ryda Wong:
quote:
Originally posted by Jason Threadslayer:
Eating raw hamburger, now that's just crazy.

Yeah, but it's darned tasty, and worth a bit of risk.....
Seconded. Add to it a nice bleeding steak. Steak tartare is just divine, and that's raw beef -and- raw egg. [Smile]
Oh....yeah.....Now that gets me hot....mmmm.

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quote:
Originally posted by LadyLockeout:
quote:
Originally posted by Ryda Wong:
quote:
Originally posted by Jason Threadslayer:
Eating raw hamburger, now that's just crazy.

Yeah, but it's darned tasty, and worth a bit of risk.....
Seconded. Add to it a nice bleeding steak. ...
roast beef tenderloin

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quote:
Originally posted by Kathy B:
From the ASPCA THANKSGIVING SAFETY TIP: BREAD DOUGH'S A NO-NO FOR DOGS AND CATS
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Pets who've eaten bread dough may experience abdominal pain, bloat, vomiting, disorientation and depression.

[hijack]
So... how do you tell if your pets are depressed?
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quote:
Originally posted by Zamboni_Rodeo:

So... how do you tell if your pets are depressed?
[/hijack]

Lethargic, unwilling to play, not wagging the tail when you get home, doesn't respond to the sound of the can opener or the rustle of the dog food bag…
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Lucky you! I even have to microwave lunchmeat or I get listeria. I envy the cookie dough-eating crowd.
quote:
Originally posted by Ryda Wong:
quote:
Originally posted by Mixible Ms Charli:
One of my favorite things when I was a kid was eating raw cake batter, cookie dough, bread dough, and hamburger meat.

Yup. Me too, even down to the hamburger meat. I survived, and, as a plus, I've never gotten food poisioning.

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quote:
Originally posted by DaGuyWitBluGlasses:
quote:
Originally posted by Zamboni_Rodeo:

So... how do you tell if your pets are depressed?
[/hijack]

Lethargic, unwilling to play, not wagging the tail when you get home, doesn't respond to the sound of the can opener or the rustle of the dog food bag…
Well heck. Those symptoms describe me pretty well. I've been wondering...

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