Good News: 5 Second Rule may not be a myth

So says new research. The 5-second rule where if food is retrieved within 5 seconds of being dropped on the floor, it is safe to eat because there has not been enough time for bacteria to contaminate it, may not be a myth after all

The 5 second rule for dropped food may not be a myth Professor Anthony Hilton of Aston University (UK) assessed the transfer of common bacteria (Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus) between different floor types (carpet, laminate, tile) and foods(toast, pasta, biscuits and sticky candy) for varying lengths of time (between 3 and 30 seconds)

Results of the analysis revealed:

  • The time is a significant factor in how much bacteria is transferred – the longer food is left on the floor, the more bacteria it picks up
  • The type of floor surface matters as far as the amount of bacteria transferred-less likely with carpet and most likely with laminate or tile

“Consuming food dropped on the floor still carries an infection risk as it very much depends on which bacteria are present on the floor at the time. However, the findings of this study will bring some light relief to those who have been employing the 5-second rule for years, despite a general consensus that it is purely a myth.”                                    So Said Professor Hilton

This is also good news because as part of the study participants were asked if they had eaten food dropped on the floor.

Our study showed that a surprisingly large majority of people (87%) are happy to consume dropped food, with women the most likely to do so (55%). But they are also more likely to follow the 5 second rule (81%), which our research has shown to be much more than an old wives’ tale.” 

Cool Digital Health Tech for the 50+ Market

Another Cool Slide Deck from AARP this one on Cool Tech for the 50+ market covering a wide array of innovative technologies that are looking to help with a wide variety of health & wellness challenges that are faced by this market in particular. These vendors attended the AARP Health Innovation 50+ Tech Expo in Atlanta last year and this deck was a short but good summary of that show.

AARP has segmented these innovations into 9 different areas of Health including: Medication Management, Aging with Vitality, Vital Sign Monitoring, Care Navigation, Emergency Detection/Response, Physical Fitness, Diet & Nutrition, Social Engagement and Behavioural and Emotional Health.

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Digital Health Overview & Insights (from AARP)

I thought this was a great overview of the Digital Health market to share that comes from the StartUp Health Division of AARP. They give specific consideration to the  50+ market. The US considers this an important market. I don’t yet see the same consideration in the Canadian Market; hopefully that will change very soon.

This report highlights the encouraging rise in health innovation among a growing population with increased medical needs. Nine Health Innovation frontiers are highlighted including Emergency Detection/Response, Aging with Vitality, Vital Sign Monitoring, Medication Management, Social Engagement, Navigating the Health Care System, Behavioural and Emotional Health, Physical Fitness and Nutrition & Diet