Monday, February 2, 2015

The 5 Second Rule

As parents, we've all heard of the "5 Second Rule" and likely mentioned it to our kids before, whether as a joke or not.  Is there any truth to the 5 second rule?  First, in case you aren't aware of what the 5 second rule is (or 3 second rule, 7 second rule, etc.), it refers to the time a dropped piece of food can touch the floor before you can pick it up and still eat it.  Yes, very scientific, I know.  :-)

Believe it or not, there's a WebMD article on this and an actual study was done testing the 5 second rule.

Basically the article concludes that there is no consensus on whether it is safe to eat food after it's hit the floor.  If it's a dry piece of food or utensil, I rinse it off at home and eat it or with it.  If the same thing happens at a restaurant or my office at work, no way, it goes to the garbage.  This is me being very unscientific since it is very possible my kitchen floor at home is dirtier than elsewhere, but psychologically I feel better about eating "floor" food if it happens at home.  

How's that for a non-answer to this question?  :-)

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