The Five Second Rule Has Just Been Approved By Science

Take that, germaphobes!

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If you've ever rubbished your friend for eating his Zinger Burger off the floor of Brixton KFC moments after dropping it, then science has stepped in to take you down a peg or two.

Anthony Hilton, a germ expert from Aston University has researched the popular urban legend of the "five second rule" and declared it to stand up scientifically. The professor says that although you can never totally eliminate risk, food that has been on the floor momentarily is low risk for consumption.

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"Obviously, food covered in visible dirt shouldn't be eaten," he said. "But as long as it's not obviously contaminated, the science shows that food is unlikely to have picked up harmful bacteria from a few seconds spent on an indoor floor.That is not to say that germs can't transfer from the floor to the food."

"Our research has shown that the nature of the floor surface, the type of food dropped on the floor and the length of time it spends on the floor can all have an impact on the number that can transfer."

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So do bear this in mind if you're dropping food in soil or a puddle etc.

Maybe leave this one

It comes as a survey of 2,000 people found 79 per cent admitted to eating food that had fallen on the floor. Good news for the filthy amongst us.