Scientists End Debate Over The “5 Second Rule”

We all know the 5 Second Rule when it comes to dropping food on the ground. Hell, some of us even live by it, yelling “Five Second Rule!” as we bend over to pick up a tater tot from the break room at work even though we’re well into our 30’s and should just let it go. But aside from the common use of the phrase, is there any truth behind it? Scientists in Austrailia have finally weighed in and the results are interesting to say the least.

Now that you’ve just swallowed that spaghetti noodle that had been on the floor for under five seconds, the hard truth is that the 5 Second Rule is fake. Well, sort of. Bacteria needs moisture to survive so the wetter foods that fall from grace and onto the ground are more likely to have bacteria attached than dryer foods. Foods considered “dry” are potato chips, hard candies, nuts and uncooked rice. Foods considered to be wet are just that. Wet. Like ice cream, cooked pasta, cooked rice and meat.

More importantly, bacteria doesn’t need five seconds to attach itself to anything. A fraction of a second will do just fine.

But even though you’re less likely to gain bacteria from the dryer foods, scientists don’t recommend eating any food that has been on the floor for any period of time at all. No floor area, whether its inside or outside, is at all sanitary enough to eat off of. I don’t care how much you vacuum or mow, better to let that Oreo go than to eat whatever foul bacteria it possibly attached to it.

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source: Metro