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The ‘5-second rule’ is a myth, so stop eating food off the ground! (video)

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If you just ate candy off the floor, I’ve got some bad news: you probably just consumed a whole lot of germs too.

You probably knew that but ate it anyway because it was only on the ground for a short amount of time. Well, the “5-second rule” isn’t really true because contact with the floor spreads germs to food immediately. And think about this: 93 percent of shoes have fecal matter on them, so … ew.

A great new video from popular YouTube channel Vsauce uses science to deconstruct the 5-second rule. Michael, the video’s host, takes the idea to its extreme and even suggests maybe we shouldn’t eat food that touches anything.

Check out the video above, and seriously, stop eating food off the ground!