Who hasn’t called the “five second rule” after dropping a delicious morsel of food onto the floor? New research from Aston University in Britain supports the idea that within a small window of time, food dropped on the floor is likely still okay to eat.
To test the myth, researchers from Aston University dropped biscuits, toast, pasta and sticky lollies and waited from three to 30 seconds before testing the bacteria transfer.
The result? Moist foods are more likely to follow the five-second rule, although toast can sit for much longer than pasta. Food dropped on carpet is also the least likely surface to transfer bacteria – just be more wary about tiled and laminate flooring.