So the moral of the study is the faster you pick it up, the better off you are, give or take a few factors.
But before you eagerly reach for that dropped piece of food, the study's lead researcher has a disclaimer. (Via Physician News)
"Consuming food dropped on the floor still carries an infection risk as it very much depends on which bacteria are present on the floor at the time." (Via Aston University)
So essentially, there is a risk for bacteria that could get you sick, regardless of how long your food has been on the floor. But we agree with Time on this one — a writer for the outlet says despite the study,"We're not taking any chances."
Now before you say you never use the five-second rule, the study also said 87 percent of people surveyed admitted to doing it, with women slightly more likely to than men.
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