We’re always being told to drink more water, and lately lemon water has become a pretty popular drink choice.
At home, people drink lemon water as they believe it’s a good method of detoxification for the body.
But at restaurants, you get it all the time. Often, your server will just bring a pitcher over to your table. It’s water for the table, right? I didn’t know tables got so thirsty!
It’s also becoming a common sight in coffee shops around the world; lemon water free for anybody to grab a drink.
With amazing benefits like this from such a super simple recipe that literally anybody could do at home, it’s no wonder health fanatics and celebrities alike swear by the stuff.
It’s definitely something to be encouraged, trying to drink more lemon water during your day-to-day routine. Especially if you mix it in with some hot water first thing in the morning, that’s really supposed to start your day off right.
But maybe next time when you go out to eat at a restaurant, get the waiter or waitress to bring just plain water, or iced water. And when you see that water at coffee shops, give it a miss if it has lemon floating in there.
Why? Well, let’s be clear, the notion that lemon is super healthy and good for you isn’t totally wrong. Lemon water has been proven to help cleanse your system, get your skin looking better, and even keep your body at a healthy weight.
Sure, it’s a little surprising, but a restaurant is the last place you want to enjoy a lemon in your water.
A 2007 study in the Journal of Environmental Health tested 76 lemons from 21 restaurants for germs. They discovered that an amazing – and disgusting! – nearly 70% of the lemon slices tested were covered in bacteria, viruses, and other microbes!
The kind of stuff they found included such nasty bugs as the disease-causing E. coli bacteria. Another investigation carried out that tested one lemon from 10 different restaurants also found that half the wedges contained human waste!
So it doesn’t even bear thinking about what you’re drinking when you order lemon water at a restaurant! It could literally be poop you’re drinking!
But surely restaurants have strict health and safety standards, right? So why is it that things like lemon wedges are so incredibly contaminated?
Well, as it turns out, restaurant health standards tend to be less strict for garnishes, which is what lemons are classed as.
One investigation noticed that restaurant workers often grabbed lemons without gloves or tongs, which they would do for other foodstuff.
So say they didn’t quite scrub their hands thoroughly enough after using the bathroom or touching another germ-ridden spot. They didn’t mean to do that, but it ends up meaning there’s a good chance they’re covering your lemon slice in bacteria before plopping it right in your ice water!
That’s pretty gross, right?
As nasty as these findings are, experts say that the average immune system is equipped to handle these kinds of germs. The odds of contracting some kind of infection or illness from a dirty lemon at a restaurant are pretty slim.
That doesn’t exactly make it any less unpleasant to think about though, does it?
We wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to avoid ordering lemon waters from here on out.
The lesson for all of us who want to drink lemon water as part of a healthy diet day to day couldn’t be clearer, then!
Always scrub your hands thoroughly before preparing any food, and make sure you wash those lemons before plonking them in your drink.
After all, anything could be lurking on the outside peel of a lemon, right?
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