Forget the Five Second Rule

1433The five-second rule states that if you drop food on the floor and pick it up in 5 seconds or less, then it is safe to eat. However, research suggests that this is a myth. Harmful bacteria can transfer onto your food in less than five seconds. The extent of how sick you will get from food that has been dropped on the floor depends on your immune system, the moisture content of the food, and how contaminated the floor is.*

Put dropped food in the compost bin; it’s not worth getting sick over. Also, make an effort to strengthen your immune system by exercising, getting enough sleep, taking probiotics, reducing stress and spending time in nature.

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