After the first week of the class it made me feel a little uneasy about the life choices that I make for my heath and myself. I am the type of person that likes to drink lot of water because like any other person we think its better for us than pop, caffeine and alcohol. The amount of calories that some drinks have in them can really add up. That is why I chose water versus the rest.
Usually when I am on the go I will cut up a lemon or a cucumber and throw it in my water bottle. But why do people choose to put these items in their drinks? Because it tastes good? Or that we think it keeps our metabolism running? Honestly, I just like the way it tastes but studies are showing that is not healthy for us to add these items to our drinks. Literally everywhere someone goes to get a drink either at a restaurant or a bar they will ask if you want a lemon, lime or orange in your drinks.
The article I found talks about as a consumer we should steer clear of placing a lemon in our waters, an orange in our beers and limes in our Mojitos. Although it will make our drinks taste fresh, the citrus is covered in microbial growth. This study was taken on 21 different drinks at different restaurants. A microbial growth is how fast bacteria is growing (rapidly) and separating to make the growth happen faster. It happens when the temperature reaches a certain high. I could only imagine how it happens in a restaurant if the citrus is not placed in the refrigerator. I have never worked in an food environment setting, I am just being biased.
Although at home, I do clean my citrus before placing it in my refrigerator and keep it in they’re before cutting and placing it into my drinks, I still am going to wash it before adding it to them from now on. As the end of the article states, “You’ve been warned”, but seriously think twice before agreeing to a lemon.