How Germy Is the Fruit In Your Drink?

Dr. Oz has the answer.

Q: How germy is the fruit in your drink?

Oz says: It's not pristine. In one study, researchers who tested lemons from 21 restaurants found that nearly 70 percent were contaminated with 25 kinds of germs, including — yes, really — E. coli and others that are associated with fecal matter. Healthy people can usually fight off the bugs, says Alan Taege, MD, an infectious disease specialist at the Cleveland Clinic, but seniors and those with compromised immune systems have higher chances of more serious problems. Still, minimal risk isn't no risk, and you could end up with an upset stomach, the runs, or major cramps. Check things out — if it looks like the fruit has been lying there for days or that anyone can (and does) reach over and grab it, pluck that slice off the rim of your glass and chuck it.

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This story originally appeared in the May 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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