If you’ve ever dropped your food on the ground and then picked it up within 5 seconds, you’re going to be just fine. According to Science Daily, new research suggests that the five-second rule, which we’ve all subscribed to since we were in elementary school is actually entirely accurate.
A group of biology students at Aston University took on the task of observing common bacteria like E.coli and Staphylococcus aureus on different surfaces, such as carpet and tile, which were then transferred to food items. The longer the contact with floor, the greatest amount of microbes. Also intriguing was the fact that the type of flooring you drop your food on plays a big role in how much bacteria will transfer, such the fact that you will get more bacteria from the carpet, than a laminate or tile floor.
“Consuming food dropped on the floor still carries an infection risk as it very much depends on which bacteria are present on the floor at the time,” said Professor Hilton in the study. But, as we’ve done our whole lives, just play it safe and don’t be a moron. If you’ve dropped a slice of pizza on a busy New York street, you probably should leave it there. However, if you’re at your own house and it drops on the hardfloor floor, play ball. Yeah, Science!