The 5 Second Rule 'REAL or NOT REAL? Eating Food Off The Floor...

According to a recent survey - 50% of men and 70% of women apply the '5 second rule' to determine whether or not it is safe to eat something that's just fallen on the floor. Watch this video and find out the truth!

The 5 Second Rule 'REAL or NOT REAL? Eating Food Off The Floor...

According to a recent survey - 50% of men and 70% of women apply the '5 second rule' to determine whether or not it is safe to eat something that's just fallen on the floor. (Watch The Video and Find Out!)

Now then... we’re sure you realise that there is no scientific proof to having exactly 5 seconds to get your food off the ground before it’s ruined, however, is there any truth to the general idea? As in, is it safe to eat food that has fallen on the ground, if only for a short period of time, or will it already be crawling in bacteria by the time you pick it up?

Well, luckily we now know the answer thanks to  NASA engineer 'Mark Rober' and the The New Discovery Science Channel show, "The Quick and the Curious, when Mark offers cookies to passersby but drops them before they can take a bite. Some turn down the tasty snack, while others dust it down and eat it.

The answer to the 5 second rule is… It depends!
As the video points out, bacteria actually moves much slower than a snail. So while there's millions of bacteria surrounding us at any given time, only a few of them would be able to jump onboard our food the second it has fallen on the ground. Also, the amount of bacteria can be even less depending on what kind of surface you’re dropping your food on too, thanks to surface tension - Moist food is more likely to present a problem because bacteria, such as E.coli and listeria love wet environments, eeewwwww!!

However, although this video clip proves the general safety of most everyday situations, I still wouldn't suggest you test these theories out. For instance, it only takes a couple of strains of salmonella for you to become seriously ill, so if you’re dropping raw chicken on the floor and then dropping your cookies in the same spot - Just chuck them straight in the bin, no questions asked, simple!

As the video states -  Salmonella and other dangerous bacteria prefer wet surroundings, so if you’re dropping dry food on to dry surfaces, your chances of falling ill or getting an upset stomach are pretty slim. 

As for other more common bacteria... as long as you don’t mind 'Mentally' eating fecal bacteria (which is often found on the bottom of shoes), you’re good to go health wise. 

Regardless of the 5 second rule > You won't catch me eating food off the floor :)