Forget the Five-Second Rule . . . If You Drop a Cookie, You’ve Got a Solid Half Hour to Grab It Off the Floor

Forget the Five-Second Rule . . . If You Drop a Cookie, You’ve Got a Solid Half Hour to Grab It Off the Floor

There have been lots of studies about whether the “five-second rule” is legit . . . if you drop a piece of food, do you REALLY have five seconds to grab it before it’s too contaminated with bacteria to eat?

Well, according to a new study, YES, you can get away with swooping up food you drop with the five-second rule . . . and for some stuff, you can wait even longer.

Researchers at Aston University in England found that if you drop something WET or STICKY, like a donut or a fork full of spaghetti, you have to grab it as quickly as possible before it absorbs bacteria and isn’t safe to eat.

But if you drop something hard and dry, like a cookie or a potato chip, take your time. Maybe walk the dog, watch a YouTube video or two, power out a few tweets . . . and THEN get back to eating it.

They found you when you drop hard, dry foods, you’re pretty much safe as long as you eat them off the floor within a HALF HOUR.

(Daily Mail)

The World’s Spiciest Tortilla Chip Is Going on Sale . . . and There’s Just One Chip in the Package

The World’s Spiciest Tortilla Chip Is Going on Sale . . . and There’s Just One Chip in the Package

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Do you like spicy foods or torturing yourself? Then this is for you. The spiciest tortilla chip in the WORLD is about to go on sale.

And I do mean “chip” . . . not “chips.” Because they come in a package shaped like a coffin with just ONE CHIP inside. The company making them says, quote, “That’s all anyone needs.”

They’re seasoned with the Carolina Reaper Pepper, which is in the “Guinness Book of World Records” as the hottest chili pepper on Earth. They’re going on sale for $4.99 by the end of the month at Paqui.com. Yep, five bucks for one chip.

(Mashable)

Six Things You Shouldn’t Store in the Fridge

Six Things You Shouldn’t Store in the Fridge

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Here are a bunch of foods you might THINK you should keep in the fridge. But you’re better off storing them at room temperature . . .

  1.  Tomatoes, bananas, and avocados. The refrigerator DOES keep them from going bad. But it also prevents them from ripening, which kills the flavor. So just keep them at room temperature, and don’t buy them in bulk.
  2.  Potatoes. The starch starts turning into sugar when they’re in the fridge. Which messes with the texture, and makes them taste sweeter than they should.
  3.  Bread. It actually gets moldy FASTER in the fridge. And the starch crystallizes from the cold, so it gets stale faster too.
  4.  Olive oil and vegetable oil. They stay good for a long time, so there’s no reason to refrigerate them. And keeping it in the fridge makes them thicken up, so they’re harder to cook with. Which is also why you shouldn’t keep honey in the fridge.
  5.  Coffee. It loses some of its flavor in the fridge. And it slowly absorbs the smells of OTHER stuff in there, so it doesn’t taste right.
  6.  Cantaloupe and melons, until they’re cut up. Keeping whole melons at room temperature actually preserves the antioxidants better.

(The Independent)

Slap em right out!

Slap em right out!

I don’t need a personal trainer so much as I need someone to follow me around and slap unhealthy foods out of my hand.
I don’t need a personal trainer so much as I need someone to follow me around and slap unhealthy foods out of my hand.

Want to live longer? Eating spicy food might do the trick

Want to live longer? Eating spicy food might do the trick

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Go ahead and dump an entire bottle of Tabasco sauce on your lunch today. Sure, it might make for a few painful bathroom trips . . . but you’ve got to think about the bigger picture.

A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that people who eat spicy foods LIVE LONGER.

They studied data from more than 500,000 people in China, and found that people who ate spicy foods once or twice a week were 10% more likely to live longer than people who don’t.

And eating spicy foods three or four times a week bumped it up to 14%.

Spicy foods were also linked to less risk of getting cancer, heart disease, and lung disease.

The researchers say they need to study it more before they can say for a FACT that spicy food makes you live a longer and healthier life . . . but the evidence is all definitely pointing that way.

(Time)