An innocent hot cross bun could get you in serious trouble and ruin your Easter break.

If you’re planning on driving over the Easter holidays, you might be better off avoiding hot cross buns before or during your journey Yahoo7 reports. Heather Jones, a West Australian trucker and founder of the the Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls, returned a surprising breathalyser reading after tucking into a hot cross bun prior to her shift.

Fact Or Fiction?

In the video posted to Facebook, Heather uses the breathalyser prior to eating the hot cross bun with a reading of 0, before taking a bite of a hot cross bun. She then uses the breathalyser again with a surprising result. Heather’s reading came back as 0.018 after eating the hot cross bun which, despite being less than the reading for low range drink driving, is unexpected to say the least! Response to the video has been mixed with some viewers joking that the buns are the real cause of their hangover, and others saying that Heather’s use of the breathalyser is incorrect therefore deeming the reading inaccurate.

Taken To The Limit

One viewer pointed out that it’s not just hot cross buns that can cause drivers to have unusual readings immediately after eating. He listed bananas and jam as potential culprits, but protein bars, hot sauces and energy drinks are also known to yield false blood alcohol readings. “This is why you’re not meant to blow straight after eating or drinking,” he said.

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While we don’t think you really have anything to worry about if you choose to have a hot cross bun before taking the kids to school, it’s a good excuse if you’re feeling a bit worse for wear after the Easter break!

Have you ever had an unexpected breathalyser reading? Tell us in the comments!

  • Really!! that is a weird story. Can’t imagine eating a hotcross bun should make any difference.


  • But I wonder if it was high as she still had it in her mouth when testing

    • Mouth needs to be free of food and drink.


  • And that’s why they take blood tests if there’s any doubt or arguments.


  • Interesting and requires more information to find out why this is happening.


  • This seems so peculiar to me and surely further testing would be required.


  • Strange. How could effect this your blood alcohol ?

    • It’s because of the fermentation of the raisins. So you can result positive to the alcohol test. Here in WA they retest people after 20 minutes because of that. If you really had just a hot cross bun, the second test will be negative.


  • They’ve been talking quite a lot about this lately. There are different foods than can give a “false” positive reading. Also poppy muffins for example


  • Dried fruit such as sultanas used to be sprayed with alcohol to keep out weevels etc. I saw it being done.


  • I don’t think it’s true something doesn’t just add up there’s more to that


  • How strange that something with no alcohol gives an alcohol reading.


  • You need to wait 10 minutes and get you’d likely be zero again.


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