The ‘5 Second Rule’ is the standard of judging if something is still edible after being dropped on the ground & experts say it’s off a bit.
It’s off by 5 seconds… and no it’s not the ’10 second rule’ now.
Researchers at Rutgers University have completely debunked the classic kitchen story.
Whether it’s watermelon, bread with butter or gummy candy being dropped onto stainless steel, tile, wood or carpet – they found that food could become contaminated ‘instantaneously’ – no matter how long it was left on the surface.
If you’re going to eat food off of the floor, carpet is the best option, according to the study.