Is the 5 second rule a myth?

We’ve all heard it, we’ve probably all done it, but what is the truth behind the 5 second rule?

If you drop your chips, a crisp, a slice of apple or even your child’s dummy, is it safe to pick it up and pop it in your mouth?

The fact is, there is no right or wrong answer here, be it 1 second, 5 seconds or 20 seconds.

It just comes down to common sense.

If you happen to drop a breadstick on a freshly mopped floor, the chances are you’ll feel pretty confident to pick it up and pop it in your mouth.

The bread stick is dry, the floor is clean and the risk of picking up a nasty germ is minimal.

However, if you drop a slice of tomato near the dog bowl or cat litter tray, you might think twice before you put it in your sandwich.

Granted, on both counts there is a risk, but using common sense in these circumstances is the key.

Floors carry germs, it’s a fact.

The floors in our homes get dirty and can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

We all walk into our homes before we remove our shoes.

Some people don’t take them off at all.

But let’s think about what exactly we are carrying on them?

Some, mud, grass, maybe some old chewing gum (all visible) or possibly you have just trodden where a dog has done a wee, lovely, and now you have strolled straight into your front door.

When you think about this the 5 second rule goes straight out the window.

Is it just the floor which is dirty?

We can all fall into the trap of thinking only the floor is dirty.

Who’s to say the kitchen work surface is not just as much of a risk to our health.

Germs are everywhere. Fact.

The bottom line is, use your intelligence.

Do NOT rely on the 5 second rule but just be sensible.

If in doubt, throw it out.