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Think About This The Next Time You Ask For A Lemon Wedge With Your Water...


A touch of lemon can instantly upgrade a simple glass of water — just be wary the next time you eat out...

When Life Gives You Lemon Water

When Life Gives You Lemon Water

Lemon water has been praised for its  host of health benefits, particularly as a natural laxative and a great source of antioxidants. However, you might want to think twice before asking for lemon wedges at a restaurant. These popular garnishes are nowhere near as innocuous as they seem.

The results of a study in the Journal of Environmental Health were shocking: 70 percent of the 76 lemons tested contained harmful microbes such as E. Coli. This is most likely because restaurant workers are less strict about the handling of lemons than they are about the meals themselves (for instance, touching them with their bare and unwashed hands after a trip to the bathroom). 


Before you swear off dining out entirely, just remember that the human body has a powerful immune system to ward off such disease-causing microbes. So will drinking water with lemon wedges at a restaurant make you sick? The answer is: it's fairly unlikely.

Still, it's something to keep in mind the next time life gives you lemon water! 

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Zesty Lemon Pavlova

Named for the famous ballerina Anna Pavlova, this delicate lemon pavlova is simply divine.


  • Eggs
  • Confectioner's sugar
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Lemon zest


  1. Separate egg yolks and whites
  2. In a bowl, whisk egg whites
  3. Add confectioner's sugar
  4. Distribute on baking pan and flatten center lightly with a spoon
  5. Bake for 30 minutes at 250 degrees
  6. While that's baking, squeeze fresh lemon juice into a bowl
  7. Add egg yolks, sugar, and flour then whisk together
  8. Add butter and whisk again
  9. Take the merigues out of the oven once they're ready
  10. Spoon the filling into the center of the meringues
  11. Grate lemon rind and sprinkle the zest over the top of the pavlovas
  12. Serve!

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