Most of us are told that putting lemon wedges in our drink has a lot of health benefits, but it may not be something good we make.
All of us enjoy drinking mojito with some lime slices or drinking ice cold water with lemon slices. Lemon and lime with their high amount of Vitamin C are great for our health, and we can agree with that. But, there is one other think we need to ask – how clean these fruit slices are?
In fact, they are pretty filthy.
Now you are wondering how we know that. Well, there are some researches that confirms this fact.
One study in 2007 which was published in the Journal of Environmental Health shows how much dirt this slices have. The research includes the analyse of lemon slices from 21 different restaurants. Almost 70% of the lemon samples contains some sort of microbial growth, including 25 different microbial species.
“The microbes found on the lemon samples in our investigation all have the potential to cause infectious diseases at various body sites, although the likelihood was not determined in this study,” wrote the researchers.
They added: “Restaurant patrons should be aware that lemon slices added to beverages may include potentially pathogenic microbes.”
“People are touching the lemon in your glass, handling it, cutting it, placing it in a container or a cup, or a glass; and then picking up those slices at a later point in time and dropping them into a drink and putting them on the rim of a glass. You can easily see how those lemon slices and lemon wedges can be contaminated.” said Philip Tierno, author of The Secret Life Of Germs.
Even if bars regularly wash the lemons and limes, you still don’t know who is been touching them.
Tierno added: “Hand washing is one of the things that’s not practiced very well, especially after using bathroom facilities. There are many major studies that prove that.”
If you want to be sure that there are no germs, you can ask for the citrus slices on a small plate. Then squeeze the juice yourself into the drink.