Wednesday, June 07, 2006

I knew it!

Oct. 15 - Researchers at the University of Illinois say the so-called "5-Second Rule" isn't a myth. They say when you drop food on the floor, it's still safe to eat if you pick it up within five seconds.
That's because it takes at least that long for germs to devour dropped food. Sticky food though, will pick up bacteria faster than dry food.
Researchers say the 5-Second Rule probably only applies to tile and hardwood floors.
Food Science Professor Peter Blaschek said, "I think all bets are off when you're talking about something like carpeting. That's an entirely different story and we haven't done that study yet."
By the way, if you try getting rid of germs on your food by blowing on it or dusting it off, you're wasting your time. It doesn't work.


Michele said...

Emma snatched up a piece of candy last month off the floor. James and I just l ooked at her as she shouted "5 SECOND RULE!!"

Now, we've always joked aorund about it before but never actually told Emma that she could get away with it. So we asked her where she learned about the 5 second rule ... her answer - her 1st grade teacher. Apparently, at snack time, when one of the kids drops something they have 5 seconds to get it into their mouths before it goes in the garbage ... and I guess they drop food a lot.

Just ew ... at home it's more OK but not at school.

11:41 PM  

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