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Dropped Food and the 5-Second Rule


You’re rushing around your kitchen trying to get dinner ready. You should have left the house 10-minutes ago. Somewhere between your toaster oven and countertop, the hot pocket you just heated up slides off the plate and lands smack dab on the floor! You’re not serving it to anyone else and no one is around to witness what you do next. So my question is: do you snatch it up quickly from the floor and eat it or do you throw your last ditch hope at dinner in the trashcan?

Before you answer, I admit, I’d totally pick it up and eat it! But don’t you dare judge me until you hear what the scientific experts found when they studied the real life health effects of the 5-second rule on food that makes floor contact…

1. Almost 90% Of the Population Eats Fallen Foods!

If you’ve shamefully justified plucking food from the floor with the 5-second rule, you’re not alone. A survey, conducted by food scientists at Aston University’s School of Life and Health Sciences, put the urban ledged to the test and found that roughly 87-percent of individuals admit to eating food that fell on the floor.

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