Trending News: There’s Finally Proof The Five-Second Rule Really Works
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A germ scientist is challenging common scientific wisdom and siding with the people over one of the greatest dilemmas of our time — is that food safe to eat if it fell on the floor for less than five seconds?
Close your eyes. Imagine a fresh strip of bacon sizzling on the frying pan. Hear the sizzles. Smell the delicious scent. Now imagine yourself scooping that bacon up onto your plate—sh*t you dropped the strip on the floor.
Dropping food happens to the best of us — but the popular baseless wisdom has been that if you pick it up immediately, it’s still good. Well, baseless, until now.
The five-second rule just got a scientific seal of approval, from one scientist at least. Germ expert Professor Anthony Hilton, from Aston University in the United Kingdom, claims your food is most likely still good if you pick it up within moments of it hitting the floor.
Here’s what he said to The Independent.
“Eating food that has spent a few moments on the floor can never be entirely risk-free.
“Obviously, food covered in visible dirt shouldn’t be eaten, but as long as it’s not obviously contaminated, the science shows that food is unlikely to have picked up harmful bacteria from a few seconds spent on an indoor floor.
“That is not to say that germs can’t transfer from the floor to the food.
“Our research has shown that the nature of the floor surface, the type of food dropped on the floor and the length of time it spends on the floor can all have an impact on the number that can transfer.”
But Hilton might be standing alone on this one in the science community. Mythbusters challenged the five-second rule in an episode and found that it can take mere milliseconds for bacteria to contaminate a piece of food.
But you know what? It’s called the five-second rule. Not the five-second theory. That means it’s a rule. And everybody knows rules are the rule of law.
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Can you really get that sick from a quick shot of floor bacteria?
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A survey of 2,000 people found that 79% of people have eaten food off the floor.