The reason why you should never ask for a slice of lemon in your drink

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“Restaurant patrons should be aware that lemon slices added to beverages may include potentially pathogenic microbes.”

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that drinking water is great for the body. It boosts the metabolism, flushes out toxins, and hydrates the body—among other things.

In fact many health experts recommend drinking eight glasses of water every day—about 2 liters or half a gallon—in order to stay healthy and hydrated.

Despite this the popular advise, however, not many people enjoy drinking water, or even have the energy to do it, because quite simply, water tastes bland.

So in an effort to make water more appealing to the palate, many put slices of lemon and other fruits into their water—a popular method used for cleanses and detox.

But according to one study, actually putting lemon in your water can actually undo the benefits of drinking water. Why? It’s because fruits are a notorious carrier of bacteria.

In a 2007 study published in Journal of Environmental Health, researchers swabbed lemon slices from 21 different restaurants and found that 70% of the samples had microbial growth, including 25 different microbial species.

The study said:

“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.

“Restaurant patrons should be aware that lemon slices added to beverages may include potentially pathogenic microbes.”

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