I’m not sure if there’s an official “Five Second Rule,” but we all know the general idea: if you drop food on the floor, you have five seconds to pick it up and eat it before it becomes contaminated with bacteria. I’ve always been a bit skeptical of this rule – is five seconds really enough time to kill all the harmful bacteria? – but I decided to put it to the test.
I started with a simple experiment: I dropped a piece of bread on the floor and counted to five. Then I picked it up and ate it. I have to admit, it tasted a little bit like floor, but not enough to deter me from continuing my experiment.
Next, I tried dropping some more delicate foods, like a piece of fruit or some cooked pasta. Again, I counted to five and then ate the food. I didn’t notice any difference in taste or texture, so I decided to up the ante.
I waited until my dog had been outside and then I dropped a piece of food on the floor that had been sitting out for a while. I figured this would be the true test of the Five Second Rule. Once again, I counted to five and then ate the food.
And you know what? I didn’t get sick. I didn’t even get a stomachache.
So, does the Five Second Rule really work? Based on my personal experience, I would say yes. But I’m not a scientist, so I can’t say for sure. I can only say that if you’re ever in a situation where you’re debating whether or not to eat something that’s been dropped on the floor, go ahead and give it a try. worst case scenario, you’ll end up with a slightly dirty piece of food. But who knows? You might just be surprised at how well the Five Second Rule works.