We all love to drink a glass of cold water with lemon on hot summer days. This simple and tasty drink quenches our thirst and refreshes us 100%. Do you know that adding ice and lemon slices to your beverages can threaten your health? It sounds strange, doesn’t it? Let’s consider this issue!
The fact is, the lemons that are served in restaurants to spruce up your water, iced tea, or pop are just yellow amalgamations of gnarly funk. Is it a lemon or not? A 2007 study published in the Journal of Environmental Health reported that people who drink beverages with lemon get a lot of minuses for their bodies.
The scientists conducted a study – they swabbed the rinds and flesh of 76 lemons from 21 restaurants during 43 visits, and found that 70% of these lemons produced the growth of microorganisms.
“Although lemons have known antimicrobial properties, the results of our study indicate that a wide variety of microorganisms may survive on the flesh and the rind of a sliced lemon. Restaurant patrons should be aware that lemon slices added to beverages may include potentially pathogenic microbes,” the scientists wrote in their report.
The fact is, lemon wedges in a dish contain tons of bacteria from grabby hands. Moreover, lemons attract many bacteria when they are in room-temperature air when they should be kept in a cool place. A 2017 study published in the Journal of Food Science found – lemons inoculated with Escherichia coli saw the growth of bacteria in the population more than five times when they were kept at room temperature from four to 24 hours.
To prevent various infections and viruses, you should squeeze the lemon juice into your drink instead of dropping the whole wedge in. “The usual course will probably result in no infection, but there is a possibility. You can't live in a bubble. Your immune system is usually pretty good,” says Philip Tierno, Ph.D., clinical professor of microbiology and pathology at NYU Langone Medical Center.
What about ice?
Ice can contain a variety of bacteria that can harm your health! A 2017 study published in the Journal of Food Science found that when hands were contaminated with Escherichia coli, the bacteria were transferred to ice 100% of the time. Most likely you think ice isn’t served with hands, right?Unfortunately, even the ice scoop transfers bacteria. In fact, a 2017 study showed that up to 67 percent of bacteria were transferred to ice from hands, and 83 percent from ice scoops.
No more ice and lemons, right?
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