Is it true that, if I pick up dropped food within 5 seconds, it doesn’t have time to pick up germs?

The truth is even more generous than that.  According to registered dietician Elisa Zied, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, recent research has shown that food can stay bacteria-free for up to 30 seconds.  However, she admits that she would consider where  the food landed.  If it fell on the floor at home or in a restaurant, she’d be more likely to let her children eat it than if it fell on the ground outside.  Why?   One must consider what she calls the ick factor



Parade. “What America Really Eats” by Lynn Schnurnberger, November 16, 2008, page 7. 

That whole thought is icky! Outside you will find urine, feces, spit, insecticides and Lord knows what else. SHOES track it inside. Unless shoes are always removed, whatever is outside is now inside... YUCK!

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