If you're going to a Super Bowl party or sports bar this weekend, here's a tip: Skip the chip bowl.
No, seriously. Whether it's chips, nuts, crackers, pretzels or popcorn ... if it's in a large bowl that everyone can reach into, stay away -- unless, of course, you want to risk getting sick.
Researchers at Cornell University were actually able to trace an increase in the flu virus in cities that have a team playing in the Super Bowl. Why? Because a city with a team in the Super Bowl will have more Super Bowl parties, and more parties means more people being in close contact. And eating out of the same bowl is very close contact. Bottom line: You have no idea who has good hygiene when you are sharing Doritos.
For real, we all know that person that NEVER washes their hands...if they stuck their hand in that bowl, you're gonna want to stay away...unless you want to get sick.
ps--An estimated 14 million people will call out "sick" on the Monday following the Super Bowl. If you *really* get sick from germs at a football party, you're boss is so totally not going to believe that you aren't faking!