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Posted: Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:37AM

Lemon wedges on your glass are full of germs?

Germs and bacteria are everywhere. 

Grocery carts, restaurant menus, ketchup bottles, restroom door handles. 

Several websites now say one of the top 5 germ carriers are on those lemon wedges we straddle on the rims of our glasses in restaurants. 

Dr. Frank Rabito, Infectious Disease Specialist in Metairie says it's nothing to be alarmed about. 

"It stands to reason that lemons can certainly be contaminated with bacteria," said Dr. Rabito.  "The good news is that most bacteria that we eat is destroyed by acid in our stomach."

Rabito does think it would be helpful if servers cleaned their hand before grabbing lemon wedges and putting them on our glasses. 

"I think it would be a good idea if restaurants had alcohol dispensers just like all the hospitals have now," the doctor said.   

He also added that if you have no immune deficiency, it's probably safe to go ahead and enjoy lemons and other food like we normally do and enjoy it.

"I think that all fruits and vegetable should be washed well, and hand washing is paramount of importance to preventing infections," noted Rabito. 

So remember, when life give you lemons you make lemonade... or in this case don't worry about putting those lemons in your tea or water.

Photo credit Cheryl VanStane via flickr

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