Most of us are toldВ thatВ 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,В they are pretty filthy.
Now you are wondering how we know that. Well, there are some researches thatВ 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.
вЂњThe 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,вЂќ wrote the researchers.
They added:В вЂњRestaurant patrons should be aware that lemon slices added to beverages may include potentially pathogenic microbes.вЂќ
вЂњPeople 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.вЂќ saidВ Philip Tierno, author of The Secret Life Of Germs.
Even if barsВ regularly wash the lemons and limes, youВ still donвЂ™t know who is been touching them.
Tierno added:В вЂњHand washing is one of the things thatвЂ™s not practiced very well, especially after using bathroom facilities. There are many major studies that prove that.вЂќ
If you want to be sure that there are no germs, you canВ ask for the citrus slices on a small plate. ThenВ squeeze the juice yourself into theВ drink.