How many times do you go out to eat and order a water with a lemon or lime? Have you ever thought that there may be nasty germs on that lemon that you are drinking? Well guess what, there could be! That is why I order Captain Morgan with my Diet Coke with Lime. The booze will kill all those nasty pesky germs.
For one Journal of Environmental Health study, researchers swabbed the rinds and flesh of 76 lemons from 21 restaurants collected during 43 visits and found that a whopping 70 percent of them produced microbial growth. The samples were collected as soon as the beverage (either soda or water) was served, before drinking or touching, and while the researchers couldn’t pinpoint the exact origins of the microorganisms, they speculated that they may have come from the restaurant employee or raw meat or poultry contamination, among other sources.