Urban myths will have you believe that if you drop your food on the ground, but pick it up within 5 seconds, it will not have been greatly exposed to germs and bacteria and so is still fair game for consumption.
If you drop food, do you abide by the 5 second rule, or does the idea of germ contamination mean that the dropped item is discarded? Or perhaps the rule only applies to certain items? What works in your household?
The five second rule applies for adults at our place most of the time. For the five second rule to apply, the food must not be sticky. For example, the five second rule would apply to a biscuit but not to a piece of bread. In addition, the piece of food must fall in a relatively low traffic area outside the kitchen - unless the food is able to be washed. Hygiene is important, but if I can keep from throwing food out, I will.
I agree with a lot of your rules but also draw the line for sticky foods or in a dirty floor environment. I know that I'm likely eating germs after all, I've picked up the good from the floor (shock horror), but so far I've survived the odd 5 second rule consumption.
Depends. It it's in the kitchen on the tiled floor then yes. If it's on the carpet or outside then no way - carpet fibres can easily get stick to food. Yuck! Don't care if there are no germs on it, that's disgusting.
I've actually never heard of the five-second rule! However, I will eat something like a biscuit or dried fruit or nuts if it's dropped on the floor. Other things...probably not. At my house we don't wear our shoes inside or have pets, so that's also a consideration. If we did, I might even give the biscuits and fruit / nuts a miss!