At some point in our lives we have dealt with a heartbreak. We have all experienced this difficult, emotional tragedy. There is nothing more painful than to watch a beautiful piece of food slip out of your hands and fall onto the floor right before your very eyes. As a girl who takes food very seriously and also has a tendency to drop about 98% of things handed to her, the 5-Second Rule has also been a concept near and dear to my heart.
For those unaware of this saying, it is the simple belief that if one picks up their food off the floor within five seconds of dropping it, it is still safe to consume. There are cases, like in a public setting, in which I abandon this idea completely and just throw the food out but otherwise when at home it is hard to resist.
Can you imagine the amount of germs on the floor stepped on by thousands of people everyday?? In the article, “Why The Five-Second Rule is ‘sort of’ Right”, though they do not explore different locations, scientists study the variance in the amount of bacteria spread based on different types of surfaces as well as different types of foods. It was found that sleeker surfaces, like tile or steel, spread more bacteria quicker than surfaces like carpet or wood. Also, foods that were moist tended to soak in more bacteria than others. All in all, the experiment concluded that the beloved 5-Second Rule cannot always be used—well it can be but then that probably will not end well for you. Though I cannot control my awful coordination sometimes, I am definitely going to try to be more careful when handling food. This could not only save your hunger, but your overall health as well.