A slice of lemon is a simple method to add a bit of citrus to your water, soft drink, or tea, yet a few investigations demonstrate that additional flavor probably won't merit the hazard. Indeed, there's a decent chance it makes you ill.
In 2007, a study published in the Journal of Environmental Health took a gander at regardless of whether lemon slices presented with drinks at eateries were tainted with infections or microscopic organisms, and their outcomes were aggravating. Specialists gathered 76 lemon slices from 21 unique eateries, dispersed out over a time of 43 visits. Right around 70 percent of their samples gathered created some microbial development on either the rind, the flesh, or both — and those microorganisms can possibly cause some sort of ailment. That makes your lemon water appear somewhat less reviving, isn't that right?
So where is all that contamination originating from? As indicated by Clemson University analysts who returned to the subject in 2017, it can emerge out of dirty hands, cutting boards, or utensils, just to name a few. Their study found that when hands contaminated with E. coli contacted wet lemons, the microscopic organisms were exchanged 100 percent of the time. In the event that the lemon was dry, that exchange just happened 30 percent of the time, however how regularly is a new lemon totally dry when it's being dealt with?
On the off chance that you don't confide in your server or bartender to deal with your lemon with care, there's dependably diy drink station, isn't that so? Off-base. Those equivalent scientists from Clemson clarified that while those lemon slices have similar chances to wind up sullied while they're being sliced, they have considerably more serious hazard in light of the fact that different clients utilizing those equivalent embellishments can spread microorganisms from their hands to the bowl. Surprisingly more dreadful, in the event that they're not kept legitimately cool, even the littlest E. coli infestation can increase at a fast pace.
What's more, don't assume it's any more secure to arrange lemon slices on your cocktail — the liquor in your drink most likely won't keep you solid. Another study demonstrated that most microbes can endure a dip in a mixed refreshment — even 86-proof tequila.
If you can't relinquish your lemon slices, at any rate know about the states of the eatery before you put in your request. As indicated by Dr. Alan Taege, from The Cleveland Clinic, you should keep an eye on people taking care of food and drinks. "If you're at a bar or a restaurant and you see people behind the counter handling wedges with their bare hands, that may be a good sign not to have a lemon or lime in whatever it is you're going to drink. However, if they are wearing plastic gloves when they handle them or they use little tongs to put them in the glass, then the risk is much lower for those slices to be contaminated with bacteria."
When your lemon is contaminated, Taege says that doesn't always mean you'll become ill. In case that you have a solid immune system, you can most likely fight off the microbes, yet anybody with a weak immune system should be wary.
In any case, regardless of whether you think you can take it, would you truly like to have some microorganisms with your next drink? Pick with caution!