An Unsanitary Squeeze

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May 11, 2010

New studies show restaurant lemons may carry bacteria Next time you order iced tea, tell your server to hold the lemon. A recent study found that nearly 70% of restaurant lemon slices were soured by bacteria from saliva, skin, even feces. The fruits's natural antibacterial properties didn't hinder the germs, which may have come from unwashed hands, uncovered coughs and sneezes, and contaminated cutting boards and utensils. Instead of ordering drinks with a twist, keep packets of lemon juice or True Lemon crystallized lemon (truelemon.com) in your purse to spruce up restaurant beverages.

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