Let’s face it, we’ve all, at some point in our lives, called on the five-second rule to provide some form of justification for picking food up off the floor and consuming it. Now, according to a new study from Aston University across the big pond in lovely Birmingham, England, there is some truth to the Five-Second Rule after all (I say lovely, but in all honesty, I’ve never been there so I’m just guessing).
Anyway, according to this new study, there is apparently validity to the Five-Second Rule. A team of students led by Anthony Hilton, a microbiology professor at the school, studied the transfer of nasty things like E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus from different indoor floor types to various foods. According to the study, each test lasted anywhere from 3 to 30 seconds. The results showed two things:
- Time is a significant factor in the transfer of bacteria from a floor surface to a piece of food.
- The type of flooring the food has been dropped on has an effect, with bacteria least likely to transfer from carpeted surfaces and most likely to transfer from laminate or tiled surfaces to moist foods making contact for more than 5 seconds.
Check out more here.
Of course, on another note, I read today that WebMD claims that your kitchen sink may be dirtier than your toilet. So, I think I've just ruled out the Five-Second Rule for anything that falls in the kitchen sink.