When children are young, they are constantly running around and dropping their food or pacifier and putting it back in their mouths. Moms run to take things from their mouth because its unsanitary, yet when we grow old and we drop food on the ground, we pick it up and eat it because of the 5-second rule. Germophobes will tell you to throw it away, but what’s right and what’s wrong?
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Jillian Clark, a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign participated in a research apprenticeship where she tested the five second rule. She and her team placed food on the floor, such as gummy bears and cookies and examined the food and found that there were very few microorganisms.