New study: five-second rule not a myth - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

New study: five-second rule not a myth

Posted: Updated:
We’ve all heard of the five-second. We’ve all probably followed it at least once. Here’s some good news: a new study shows the five-second rule is actually real...at least to a certain extent. We’ve all heard of the five-second. We’ve all probably followed it at least once. Here’s some good news: a new study shows the five-second rule is actually real...at least to a certain extent.
  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Deadly Franklin Co. crash under investigation

    Deadly Franklin Co. crash under investigation

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:21 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:21:49 GMT
    The Franklin County Sheriff's Department is investigating after a Sesser man was killed in a crash early Tuesday morning
    The Franklin County Sheriff's Department is investigating after a Sesser man was killed in a crash early Tuesday morning

  • Jury recommends death penalty in 1983 rape-murder

    Jury recommends death penalty in 1983 rape-murder

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-07-29 12:54:27 GMT
    A Jefferson County jury has recommended the death penalty for a Louisville man convicted of raping and killing a woman in 1983.
    A Jefferson County jury has recommended the death penalty for a Louisville man convicted of raping and killing a woman in 1983.
  • Construction aims to build up business on the Carbondale Strip

    Construction aims to build up business on the Carbondale Strip

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:10 AM EDT2014-07-29 11:10:33 GMT
    The face of the Carbondale Strip is changing in a way city leaders say will help revitalize the downtown area.The old 710 Bookstore building is gone. In its place, several pieces of heavy equipment thatzigzaggg across a hole that’s about one-square block in size.Crews are laying the groundwork for what will be the Carbondale Flats development.“They’re drilling caissons, and putting up pilings now,” said Carbondale City Manager Kevin Baity. “They’ll start doing sub-surface draining and then st...
    The face of the Carbondale Strip is changing in a way city leaders say will help revitalize the downtown area.The old 710 Bookstore building is gone. In its place, several pieces of heavy equipment thatzigzaggg across a hole that’s about one-square block in size.Crews are laying the groundwork for what will be the Carbondale Flats development.“They’re drilling caissons, and putting up pilings now,” said Carbondale City Manager Kevin Baity. “They’ll start doing sub-surface draining and then st...
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

We’ve all heard of the five-second rule. We’ve all probably followed it at least once. Here’s some good news: a new study shows the five-second rule is actually real, at least to a certain extent.

According to a recent study out of England, the five-second rule isn’t as fake as we thought. However, the data shows the amount of germs you’d be eating also depends on the type of surface on which your food falls. According to the findings, carpet poses the lowest risk of bacterial transfer onto dropped food and indoor flooring surfaces pose the greatest risk.

Teachers at the University School For Young Children say their kids hear one phrase a lot during mealtime.

“If it hits the floor, leave it there,” Megan St. John said. “We will throw it in the trash can."

The kids aren’t familiar with the five-second rule.

"You throw it in the trash can and you never eat it again,” said five-year-old Lillianna Dubs.

"Put it in the trash,” said four-year-old Alex Ewasko.

“If you don't you'll get sick,” said five-year-old Eva Kilburn.

St. John said regardless of the new study, she isn’t risking it in her classroom.

"If they have it in their mouth, I would probably even say, ‘You know, we should probably spit that out, it's been on the floor.’ If they've already swallowed it, I'll remind them ‘Let's not eat food off the floor, the floor is dirty, we don't want to pick up more germs than we already have,’” St. John said.

She said that lesson comes along with other mealtime rules.

“When they are more careful at the table, food is less likely to fall, hit the floor, those kinds of things. If it does, we tell them just leave it there we can throw it in the trash can, we aren't going to eat food off the floor,” St. John said.

Copyright 2014 KFVS. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.