"5-Second-Rule" Debunked


Um, no. As the chief of the division of infectious diseases at Weill Cornell Medical College tells the New York Times, “Eating dropped food poses a risk for ingestion of bacteria and subsequent gastrointestinal disease, and the time the food sits on the floor does not change the risk.” Guess we don’t need to ask if the rule is really 5 or 10 seconds, then.

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