That 5 second rule about food on the floor.

I have heard this so many times. That you can drop food but if you pick it up within 5 seconds, you’ll be safe from Bacteria.
Turns out that’s a load of BS.

  • No matter how fast you pick up food that falls on the floor, you will pick up bacteria with it.
  • Carpet had a very low rate of transmission of bacteria compared with tile and stainless steel; transfer rates from wood varied.
  • Watermelon, with its moisture, drew the highest rate of contamination and the gummy candy the least.
  • Men are more likely to pick up food on the floor than women.


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