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80 Million Bacteria Are Transferred in a 10-Second Kiss
Researchers in Europe have concluded that passionate kisses can involve a lot more than just emotion. They can also include upwards of 80 million bacteria being exchanged between two people.
The findings, published in the journal Microbiome, originated in the Netherlands, where researchers asked 21 couples visiting the Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam to have their mouths swabbed. (1)
“To our surprise, we found that those people that are intimately related ... share much more of that bacteria on their tongue than unrelated individuals,” Remco Kort, a microbiologist at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research in Amsterdam and lead author of the study, told National Public Radio.
A single kiss didn’t change the bacteria count significantly, which Kort attributed to the habit couples have of sharing things such as toothpaste and cigarettes. (2) When couples were asked to kiss again after drinking yogurt containing a marker bacteria, researchers were able to pin down how many organisms move from mouth to mouth.
The participants also answered questions about their kissing habits, which revealed men tend to exaggerate how often they kiss, particularly French kiss, their partners. Men said they kissed their partners an average of 10 times a day, while women reported kissing only half as often. (3)
Is all this shared bacteria bad for you? On the contrary, according to Kort. “There’s a number of studies that show that it’s healthy to have a high diversity of microorganisms in your mouth,” (4) he said. So go ahead and pucker up.
-Noel Brinkerhoff, Steve Straehley
From AlGov.com 11/27/14
(1.) Not to question the participants intelligence or anything, but if you were approached by a total stranger while visiting your local zoo asking for a tongue swab, would you agree?
(2.) Sure I know that intimate couples share a lot of things, but toothpaste? Could someone explain to me how this occurs? Is it part of some kinky sex act?
(3.) No big surprise here. It’s the same motivation that causes men to exaggerate their penis size.
(4.) No way am I going to comment on “…it’s healthy to have a high diversity of microorganisms in your mouth.” (Oh wait, no. I can’t resist. Does this mean that men with tiny organs are just as healthy as men with large organs when they ejaculate into their partner’s mouth? Who knew?)
Have a great day! And let’s all hope that Bank of America and Citibank and JP Morgan and Chase enjoy their Christmas Present of guaranteed public bailouts when they go under once again.