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This Will Make You Never, Ever Want To Put A Lemon Wedge In Your Water Again


Health & Wellness  (tags: diet, lemons, health, warning, risks, study, food )

Carrie
- 206 days ago - huffingtonpost.com
A slice of lemon can spruce up plain-old water, but you might be drinking more than you bargained for. Turns out, those seemingly innocuous water glass garnishes (see also: iced tea and diet soda) could be serving up a host of unappetizing organisms.



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Past Member (0)
Monday January 27, 2014, 11:41 am
Woah...too much. I had a lemon garnish on my water in a restaurant two weeks ago...maybe that's what my nasty cold came from! Thank you for sharing.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday January 27, 2014, 11:54 am
Read the comments on the article itself .... it did a LOT to temper my worry wart brain. As someone pointed out in the comment section ... don't eat or touch anything! They all are subject to the very same microbes ... including our own body!! I will continue to put lemon in my water.
 

Lois Jordan (54)
Monday January 27, 2014, 2:07 pm
Noted. Thanks for the info, Carrie....good to know.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Monday January 27, 2014, 2:35 pm
I am more concerned with what kind of chemicals they have been sprayed with.
 

Gloria picchetti (286)
Monday January 27, 2014, 3:16 pm
I don't drink much water.
 

Debbie S. (33)
Monday January 27, 2014, 3:38 pm
I buy organic lemons when possible, any fruit or veg I buy is scrubbed good before I use it so I feel I'm fairly safe at home. It seems the most danger is out in restaurants.....I suspect a lot of restaurants don't even rinse them off just cut and serve them or the workers are in a hurry with many orders doing different tasks and perhaps not washing their hands in between touching different kinds of foods? Just guessing.....hmmmm..
 

Natasha Salgado (518)
Monday January 27, 2014, 3:45 pm
I eat a lemon everyday but i juice it into water+food, Somehow i'm not surprised tho... Thx 4 the info Carrie
 

Edwin M. (366)
Monday January 27, 2014, 5:20 pm
Thanks Carrie, I never use any type of garnish with my water but my wife sometimes does, I'll have to tell her about this article, thanks again
 

Kit B. (277)
Monday January 27, 2014, 5:43 pm

When I used anything at home, I wash it first. I like water with my water, and restaurants are known to be very dirty places. Do you really think your server washes their hands before putting them on your plate?
Most people don't know that once an onion is cut it begins growing toxins, so use it or toss it. The single most dangerous ingredient in potato salad, the one that causes people to get sick is onion, not mayo.
 

Nimue P. (230)
Monday January 27, 2014, 6:01 pm
I wash my lemons before using, and would never ask for a lemon slice in a drink at the pub, heaven only knows who's been touching them. Pubs, restaurants very grotty places, I ought to know I've worked in enough of them. I had heard about the onions, Kit, and stopped storing them - now I buy pickling sized onions (the little ones) thanks for the tip for people who don't know :)
 

Carrie B. (309)
Monday January 27, 2014, 6:57 pm
I think most of us wash all fruits and vegetables before using. Unfortunately, restaurants don't, and that's really scary!
 

ONBrakNoMESPLEZ D. (81)
Monday January 27, 2014, 7:07 pm
Makes us be more careful!
Thank You for this Article Carrie
 

. (0)
Monday January 27, 2014, 7:44 pm
Yuck! Thanks for sharing, Carrie.
 

Timothy S. (3)
Monday January 27, 2014, 8:00 pm
Good to know!
 

. (0)
Monday January 27, 2014, 11:28 pm
I guess I'm lucky I didn't get sick from all those restaurant lemon wedges I've eaten after I finish my drink.
 

John S. (300)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 4:01 am
Wouldn't the alcohol kill the germs?
 

Nancy C. (795)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 4:10 am
I like my own kitchen!!! Thank goodness for immune systems! They're dancing a war dance every day no matter where...Thanx Carrie. I'll read up about the onions Kit...TY! The large sweet ones are one of my staples. As a retail manager, I handle money now and then. There's another yuck!!!
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 4:12 am
ty
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 4:57 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Winn Adams (191)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 7:16 am
I never ask for Lemon in my water.
 

Terrie Williams (768)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 9:25 am
Just yet another reason why hubby and I do not eat out...besides being po' LOL.

I was my fruits/veggies in a grapefruit solution to kill everything. And my lemons are organic but I don't trust those either. If I don't grow it, I wash the hell out of it. But I still put lemon in my water and tea.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 9:38 am
Great post and comments.
 

DORIS L. (61)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 11:41 am
Yuck!
 

Val R. (236)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 12:09 pm
Reason to bleach water and clean all of your fruits and veggies!
 

Mike Pattison (6)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 3:30 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Mike Pattison (6)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 3:31 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Jeanne Young (19)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 10:35 pm
I'm with you,Terrie (again) Too poor to eat out -
and my whole lemon supply for the YEAR comes up from the SF Bay Area with visiting friends (Meyers Lemons -favorite backyard lemon of everybody I know ) So, I bleach-wash them (because they MOLD ) until I can get them peeled, seeded, frozen - --
 

Robert O. (12)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 12:51 am
You're right Carrie. We may care about food safety but many restaurants and their staffs don't.
 

Elizabeth M. (66)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 4:48 pm
Vinegar water and scrub and rinse, which is fine for at home, you will know you are not passing something unexpected on to your guests, but in restaurants, it is a different story!! I believe restaurants know they are supposed to be doing a lot of more sanitary things, but being short of staff, unclean kitchens etc.and no one checking, you can never be sure of what you are getting. I have some friends, who feel no shame at asking to see the kitchen before ordering food. They sure get some surprising answers, but the restaurants they go back to are the ones that co-operated and were very clean.
Thanks Carrie.
 

Magdalen B. (44)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 5:49 am
Barmy.
 

GGmaSheila D. (153)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 2:38 pm
Can't use citrus, so don't worry about that particular problem...just all of the millions of others out there. Like Terrie, can't afford to eat out, but the way things stand now, my kitchen is alot safer than any restaurant.
 

Marija Mohoric (50)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 8:02 am
Thank you for the article.
 

Sabine Hahn (177)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 1:44 am
thanks for sharing,
 
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