The Five-Second Food Rule Isn’t as Savvy as You Think.
We’re all guilty of eating food that has fallen to the floor. How could germs or bacteria latch on in less than five seconds? Germs can’t be that fast…right? WRONG! The Five-Second Rule embodies one of the largest misconceptions about the relationship between germs and food. The two much closer than you think.
It’s okay to eat, right?
In a controlled study at the Manchester Metropolitan University, scientists tested five different types of food to see which types of foods were more likely to pick up bacteria. The food samples included bread with jam, ham, cooked pasta, dried fruit and a plain biscuit. All of which were selected because they are commonly eaten and contain various water activity levels.
The study revealed that the ham and sugary bread with jam were safer to eat after having been dropped to the floor. Both are highly processed foods with higher contents of salt and sugar, which make their surface less welcoming to bacteria growth.
The pasta and the dried fruit were another story. The pasta had an increased yeast count while the dried fruit contained too many particles of a bacterium called klebsiella to count. Klebsiella is a bacterium that is commonly linked to diseases such as urinary track infections, pneumonia, septicaemia and soft tissue conditions.
The biscuit stood alone with the least amount of bacteria particles found lurking on its surface. MMU Technical Officer Kathy Lees reported, “No specific organisms were detected on the biscuit, which has a low water activity level and low adhesion ability.”
With all of these germs in question, what is it that we are we willing to risk our health for?
Do you know the 5 second rule?
According to another study conducted in 2003 by intern Jillian Clarke of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, people are more likely to eat cookies and candy opposed to broccoli or cauliflower from the floor. Clarke also found that more women than men were aware of the rule. Women weighed in at 70% and men at a slightly lower 56%. Jillian was awarded an Ig Nobel Prize in 2004 for her studies on the Five Second Rule. The Ig Nobel Prize is awarded for achievements that make people laugh and make them think.
Now that you know the truth about The Five-Second Rule, how can you protect your family from harmful bacteria? The answer is simple; try not to eat food that has fallen to the floor. If you can’t resist because that last cookie was just too delicious make sure that your floors are mopped on a daily or weekly basis and exchange the mop head every three months to minimize bacteria growth. Lastly never forget your Qore 24 for 24 hours of germ protection!