Style

The One Mistake You're Making When Ordering Water At A Restaurant

August 10, 2016 by Justine Schwartz
shefinds | Style

When you drink lemon water you feel *really* healthy, right? Especially if you opt for it over sugary sodas or alcoholic drinks at a restaurant. But did it every occur to you that adding lemon to your water might actually do more harm then good? Well, it should–because it turns out unwashed lemons carry a ton of bacteria on the skin. Ew!

According to a study by a microbiologist in New Jersey (and other similar studies), lemons served at restaurants, say as garnishes or in your drink, are incredibly bacteria-ridden. They found everything from fecal bacteria (OMG!) to other microorganisms that can make you sick on the rinds and flesh of the lemons, due to servers not properly washing their hands before touching them.

Shocking, I know. If you’re an avid water drinking and aren’t totally grossed out by that information, feel free to continue ordering lemon water at restaurants. If you have a healthy immune syste, you’ll probably be fine and there’s nothing to freak out about (there are other aspects of restaurants that are really dirty, mind you, like communal ketchup bottles). When you’re at home, experts suggest *scrubbing* lemons and limes to remove harmful bacteria from the surface, as other factors like how the limes are transported and stored can make the rinds really dirty as well.

Good luck, lemon lovers!

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

Fashion

This $26 Dress Looks Good On *Every* Woman

December 13, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
The. Best.

Fashion

These Bestselling Nordstrom Leggings Are 50% Off For A Limited Time Only

December 13, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
You're welcome!

Fashion

Every Woman Should Own This Sweater Dress--It's Super Warm And It Looks Good On *Everybody*

December 13, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
The perfect winter dress!

Fashion

Psst! The Best Waterproof Boots Are On Sale For Less Than $40 Right Now

December 13, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
Don't think twice.

Fashion

The Coat Everyone Will Be Wearing This Winter (& It's Not Puffers!)

December 13, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
We're shopping this trend ASAP.

Fashion

The ONLY Jeans You’ll Need This Winter, According To Hundreds of Customer Reviews

December 12, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
They're on sale for $37 right now!!

Fashion

6 Things You Can Get From Anthropologie's Sale Section Right Now For Under $21

December 11, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
Who's ready to go shopping?

Fashion

The One Coat Trend That’s Going To Be EVERYWHERE This Winter

December 10, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
We love this trend!

Fashion

This $26 Dress Looks Good On *Every* Woman

I love a deal as much as the next woman, ...

Fashion

Psst! The Best Waterproof Boots Are On Sale For Less Than $40 Right Now

With the official start of winter just a few days ...

Fashion

Believe It! All Of These Luxe Leather Gifts Are $65 Or Less #ThanksCuyana

If you're anything like me, then chances are holiday ...

LOAD MORE
+
LOAD MORE POSTS