Lets admit, we all like to add a slice of lemon to our water, or lime to our gin and tonic. 

 

Well, as refreshing as this burst of citrus may be, it turns out that it is such a BAD idea. 

 

 

When you really think about how clean fruit slices are in your local pub, you may never look at a drink the same way again.

 

 

The Journal of Environmental Health did research into this important matter in 2007, and the results were GROSS. 

 

The scientists swabbed lemon slices from drinks at 21 different restaurants.

 

 

What did they discover? 70 percent of the swabs produced some sort of microbial growth, including 25 different microbial species.

 

 

The worst part is that these growths are really dangerous, and "have the potential to cause infectious diseases."

 

A germ specialist spoke about this matter to Elle.com, and said that "People are touching the lemon in your glass, handling it, cutting it."

 

 

"People then pick up those slices at a later point in time and drop them into a drink or put them on the rim of a glass, so you can easily see how those lemon slices and lemon wedges can be contaminated."

 

 

It's safe to say, our lemon drinking days are OVER. 

 

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