Results From the 5-Second Rule Test

Find out if the five-second rule is really a rule at all with the full test results from the experiment below.

Ever wonder if the five-second rule was really a rule? The Dr. Oz Show teamed up with NSF International to find out just that. We tested two food types, wet and dry (wet being an apple; dry, a wafer), on three different surfaces: tile, carpet, and concrete. After adding bacteria to each surface, food was dropped for two seconds, five seconds, and five minutes. After taking a culture of the food samples, the bacteria was counted to see if the rule was really valid. The results showed that both foods on all surfaces picked up bacteria at all time points, making the five-second rule not a rule at all. When the food was brushed off or blown on, bacteria were still present. Lesson: Don't eat food off the floor! Get the full results below:


4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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