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Is the 5 second rule true?

So is the 5 second rule true... find out here what the latest study say!

So it is true? There are so many articles about the 5 second rule, some saying it is and some not. So what do you believe? Let me explain.

Well, very recently Irish Independent, Birmingham Mail have approved it. That is super interesting!  Food that has been dropped on the floor is usually safe to eat under the so-called “five-second rule”, Germ expert Professor Anthony Hilton, from Aston University in Birmingham has said. However, he also said “Eating food that has spent a few moments on the floor can never be entirely risk-free”. Obviously, food covered in visible dirt shouldn’t be eaten, but as long as it’s not obviously contaminated, the science shows that food is unlikely to have picked up harmful bacteria from a few seconds spent on an indoor floor. However, foods can be very different, so their research has shown that the nature of the floor surface, the type of food dropped on the floor and the length of time it spends on the floor can all have an impact on the number that can transfer. According to the study, a mind-blowing 4 in 5 – 79% – of us admit to eating food that has fallen on the floor. That includes me, however I obviously take into account what food it is as well as the floor.

People are just as likely to serve food that’s fallen on the floor to their dog (18%) as they are their partner (17%) and nearly one in five (17%) would give food to their child to stop them crying.

When asked to justify this behaviour, a fifth (21%) of people admitted to adopting the well-known ‘five-second rule’, which scientists from the Big Bang Fair have revealed as legitimate and safe in most cases. Hopefully this article answers your question, because this is a question that has been around for quiet a while.


  1. AWESOME! So glad this is an actual thing haha! Great article, do you feature your writing with any other sites at all?


  2. Oh cool, well if you’re interested we have a fb group full of health, nutrition and fitness buffs who I’m sure would love to read some of your articles. I also read your “how to pick the right foods for an athlete” article and thought it was great too. Feel free to check us out and join in/share your article!


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