Scientists prove ‘5 second rule’ works

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A recent study from Aston University in England has found the ‘five second rules’ actually work.

Scientists showed that picking your food up during the fabled grace period is an effective way of avoiding getting germs on your food.

The team of senior students at the University measured food stickiness, floor type and length of exposure to determine if it’s ever a good idea to rescue dropped food.

The team found that the amount of time food spent on the floor was a factor in the amount of germs getting on food.

However, that the type of flooring also plays a large role in your chances of getting sick. Carpet is least likely to transfer bacteria to food, whereas a sticky floor made of laminate or tile will contaminate food not rescued during the appropriate window of time.

The team didn’t test to see what would happen on a busy footpath.

The study also showed that a  large majority of people are happy to consume dropped food. Interestingly women are more likely to eat food that has been dropped on the floor.

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21 Responses

  1. This is a very resboncible thing, to study because It determines which surfaces you can save you’re food from, I have heard lots of people drop food on the floor and that on some surfaces you Can get food poisoning from.

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