Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Is the mythical "five-second rule" actually real?
cbsnews ^ | March 14, 2014, | Aliah Git

Posted on 03/15/2014 6:16:17 AM PDT by JoeProBono

New research finds that there is some truth to the so-called "five-second rule" -- the belief that food is safe to eat if picked up from the floor in under five seconds.

Researchers at Aston University in Birmingham, U.K. studied the rate of bacteria transfer in food items dropped on the floor and picked up within three to 30 seconds. They found that the amount of time an item spent on the floor was directly related to bacteria levels.

"Time is a significant factor in the transfer of bacteria from a floor surface to a piece of food," read the study findings.

The team practiced dropping different types of food -- toast, a cookie, sticky candy and pasta -- and studied the results. Not surprisingly, the moist, sticky foods were more likely to pick up bacteria when compared to the dry foods.

The researchers determined that levels of bacteria transfer in food dropped on tile and laminate floor for five or more seconds, while still low, were higher than carpeting.

"We have found evidence that transfer from indoor flooring surfaces is incredibly poor," said microbiology professor Anthony Hilton, who led the study, in a prepared statement, "with carpet actually posing the lowest risk of bacterial transfer onto dropped food."

The research has yet to be published in a peer-reviewed journal, and findings should be considered preliminary....


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Food; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: fivesecondrule; food; health


1 posted on 03/15/2014 6:16:18 AM PDT by JoeProBono
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: JoeProBono

read this when it first came out.... why are we wasting money on this kind of stuff?


2 posted on 03/15/2014 6:20:43 AM PDT by Nifster
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JoeProBono
I thought Mythbusters debunked this.

3 posted on 03/15/2014 6:24:19 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JoeProBono
The researchers determined that levels of bacteria transfer in food dropped on tile and laminate floor for five or more seconds, while still low, were higher than carpeting.

Wonder if carpeting in the kitchen will be trendy?
HGTV house hunters will now embrace carpeting? ;)

4 posted on 03/15/2014 6:26:00 AM PDT by libertarian27 (FreeRepublic Cookbooks 2011 & 2012 - Click Profile)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JoeProBono

In my house, I maintain a thin layer of dog hair so fallen food items never make actual contact with the floor.


5 posted on 03/15/2014 6:26:09 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Joe 6-pack

Yes, Joe—the dog hairs work very nicely to protect the food from being contaminated by the dirt and whatever else is on the floor.

We have 2 house dogs who’s main purpose is to keep the floors covered in dog hair, thereby protecting the safety of our food supply……..


6 posted on 03/15/2014 6:33:18 AM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: JoeProBono

We live in a world of bacteria and virus. Why are we all not dead yet?

Having been exposed to to all these little buggies all our lives we gain a certain amount of immunity from them.

Are there any more germs on the floor then the counter top? Maybe a few but not many. While I would not want to eat off a floor, I would be more worried about the food picking up bits of dirt or dust (because of the taste then I worry about picking up a germ).

If people have not noticed, babies live on the floors of our homes and will put any and all things in their mouths. Most survive this time of their life (and may in fact get their immunity from these little explorations).


7 posted on 03/15/2014 6:33:40 AM PDT by CIB-173RDABN (I do not doubt that our climate changes. I only doubt that anything man does has any effect.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Joe 6-pack


8 posted on 03/15/2014 6:37:00 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: basil
Dog hair - The preferred condiment at Chez 6-pack ;-)
9 posted on 03/15/2014 6:37:29 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: basil

Hhmmmm....Our dogs main goal is to clean the kitchen floor daily...at least


10 posted on 03/15/2014 6:39:40 AM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: CIB-173RDABN


11 posted on 03/15/2014 6:45:12 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: JoeProBono
Uh, somebody forget to watch Mythbusters?
12 posted on 03/15/2014 6:45:48 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JoeProBono

A study on this won the Ig Nobel Prize for Public Health in 2004. Details here: http://www.improbable.com/ig/ig-pastwinners.html#ig2004


13 posted on 03/15/2014 6:50:48 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JoeProBono

5 second rule? DISGUSTING!! We use the much more sanitary 3 second rule.


14 posted on 03/15/2014 6:53:29 AM PDT by rsobin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nifster
read this when it first came out.... why are we wasting money on this kind of stuff?

Playing to our 'Common Core' audience ?

15 posted on 03/15/2014 6:56:48 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (I just messed up my tagline. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: JoeProBono

Years and years ago I used to go out with a gal from North Carolina who worked at a local fast food joint. I asked her if any of those burgers ever hit the floor then were placed on the grill. She looked at and said “all the time!”


16 posted on 03/15/2014 7:14:55 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BitWielder1
I thought Mythbusters debunked this.

Mythbusters is totally entertainment.

A high school science project usually has better scientific procedures. Mythbusters does a lousy job of investigating alternate explanations. Usually all they "Prove" when they "Bust" a myth is that they were unable to accomplish the task.

Mythbustere DOES have more/bigger explosions and or flames.

17 posted on 03/15/2014 7:16:59 AM PDT by BwanaNdege
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: JoeProBono

Flintstones dish washing.


18 posted on 03/15/2014 7:24:27 AM PDT by Stentor (Maybe the Goldman Sachs thing is just a coincidence.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Yo-Yo


19 posted on 03/15/2014 7:27:58 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: basil

“We have 2 house dogs who’s main purpose is to keep the floors covered in dog hair, thereby protecting the safety of our food supply……..”

I heard about this several years ago. Went out and bought a golden retriever who apparently are the best at this.


20 posted on 03/15/2014 7:37:12 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Insurgent Conservative)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: rsobin
5 second rule? DISGUSTING!! We use the much more sanitary 3 second rule.

How wasteful… I'm a fan of the 5-minute rule.
;)

21 posted on 03/15/2014 7:37:26 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: EQAndyBuzz

LOL!

Retrievers are good at this sort of thing…...


22 posted on 03/15/2014 7:38:51 AM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: 4yearlurker


23 posted on 03/15/2014 7:44:19 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Joe 6-pack

Bwahahaha!!!! Us too. :-)


24 posted on 03/15/2014 8:00:52 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: JoeProBono
Is the mythical "five-second rule" actually real?

In connection with the "kiss it up to God" corollary, yes.

25 posted on 03/15/2014 8:04:36 AM PDT by Oratam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JoeProBono
The timeframe varies depending on location. My maternal grandmother kept her kitchen floor such that a person could have safely let a half an hour elapse; my paternal grandmother's kitchen floor would have been five seconds or less, and the lunch room at work would be "don't even think about it." In the case of the latter, sometimes I'm afraid to even let the air in the room touch my food.

Mr. niteowl77

26 posted on 03/15/2014 8:08:06 AM PDT by niteowl77 ("Why do we go to Iowa? Because that's where the suckers are.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Joe 6-pack

The problem is that food might not survive five seconds on the floor with the source of the dog hair around. One... Two... Crunch!


27 posted on 03/15/2014 8:36:46 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Nifster; UCANSEE2

I think it’s the British this time.


28 posted on 03/15/2014 8:40:25 AM PDT by aposiopetic
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: JoeProBono

“Slurp! Slurp! Lick! Slurp! Smack!! Yum! Yum! - Burp!! It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it! Slurp!”


29 posted on 03/15/2014 8:55:53 AM PDT by Twinkie (John 3:16)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: basil

if you have two dogs in the house, its unlikely dropped food will hit the floor and if it does it will be immediately scarfed up n microseconds by the pets-unless its bananas.


30 posted on 03/15/2014 10:07:25 AM PDT by rolling_stone
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: JoeProBono

It’s three seconds.


31 posted on 03/15/2014 10:12:05 AM PDT by Ted Grant
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Oratam


32 posted on 03/15/2014 10:57:26 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: niteowl77


33 posted on 03/15/2014 11:00:37 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: aposiopetic

small bit of gratitude


34 posted on 03/15/2014 12:06:09 PM PDT by Nifster
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: CIB-173RDABN

i agree that childern who aren’t “hovered over” and eat some dirt and stuff gain some immunities and are less likely to develop allergies.
also the 5 second rule is proportional to the cost of the food dropped. truffles and saaffron can stay on the ground much longer. saffron, for example, is $2400+ a pound so it can safely stay on the floor for hours.


35 posted on 03/15/2014 2:46:21 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: JoeProBono

Good illustration to my post LOL


36 posted on 03/15/2014 4:14:19 PM PDT by CIB-173RDABN (I do not doubt that our climate changes. I only doubt that anything man does has any effect.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: JoeProBono

When we had our dogs, five seconds would have been an eternity, they’d have already inhaled whatever it may have been.


37 posted on 03/15/2014 4:25:32 PM PDT by csvset
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JoeProBono

That’s what my mother always used to tell me my kitchen would look like. Sorry to have disappointed her, but my kitchen’s always been spic ‘n span.


38 posted on 03/15/2014 11:36:28 PM PDT by EinNYC
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: EinNYC


39 posted on 03/16/2014 5:10:26 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: JoeProBono

I saw an apartment just like that in Montpelier, Vermont years ago...


40 posted on 03/16/2014 5:18:49 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: JoeProBono

Ha-ha. I was just counting to 10 to see who was going to post a S&S ad! My mother lived to clean, as did her sisters. I remember my aunt Evvy not letting us kids sit on beds she had already made, beds you could bounce a dime off of.


41 posted on 03/16/2014 5:51:13 AM PDT by EinNYC
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: EinNYC

42 posted on 03/16/2014 6:47:52 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson