Monday, December 28, 2009

Sweet iced tea with lemon

Talk about a twist: In a study in the Journal of Environment Health, scientists tested dozens of lemon wedges served with restaurant drinks and found that nearly 70% were contaminated with various groupings of 25 microorganisms, including salmonella and E. coli. Chalk it up to a less-than-sanitary pick up bacteria when they're harvested and shipped. Restaurants rarely wash them and often make matters worse by slicing lemons with "prep" knives normally reserved for raw meat.

Since some microbes also turned up in the lemons' juice, you might not want to hazard a squeeze from above the glass. Instead, consider tossing a few individually sealed packets of lemon juice into your purse and adding them to beverages. Cheers!

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