The hidden dangers of dining out (it’s not the food)

by: Dr. Victor Marchione | General Health | Thursday, November 6, 2014 – 5:01 a.m.


germs, bacteria, germs, bacteria Eating at a restaurant is supposed to be funny, if it is a fantasy type of suit and tie place or dinner for a club sandwich and coffee. It is a way out of the house and relax with a good conversation.

Surely spend a little more for the environment, but someone else does the cleaning and give you the opportunity to be seen at. Who does not like that?

But what if you knew there was a dark and dirty side to those foods that have enjoyed while out of town? Something that could make you seriously ill …

Would you be more inclined to prepare their own food at home, after all?

Here are three of the most common places the restaurant of your choice could be hiding an ugly secret:

1. The laminated menu

think about it, so many people are playing restaurant menus every day, however, most of the time are not disinfected. A 2013 study in Journal of Environmental Health showed that the laminated menus carry loads of bacteria, including E. coli bacteria.

In fact, the bacteria count on a menu sits at 74,000 per square inch. That’s more than the toilet seat (1.201 bacteria per square inch)! The irony is the cover sheets are waterproof, making them much easier to disinfect; it could be an easy solution.

The study showed significantly fewer bacteria in paper menus, so if you can, opt for those, not just blindly trust that disinfection is occurring between pairs of hands.

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Germs can enter your body in different ways. They often travel through their eyes, ears or mucous membranes of the lips and nose, so handling a menu and then touching your face absently can mean trouble.

Germs can also spread from the infected person sneezing or coughing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have said germs are especially dangerous because people are building a resistance to antibiotics drugs used to treat infections causing germs. Over time, the drugs may stop working as infections become more aggressive.

2. lemon slices

It is not uncommon to see a slice of lemon in your drink, or maybe ask for a glass of water with lemon or lime on the side. As a result, lemons have been in contact with a lot of germs and bacteria. Another study published in Journal of Environmental Health in 2007 analyzed 76 lemons from 21 different restaurants throughout the United States. The results showed that the stomach out a whole 70 percent of lemons were contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

But what may be even worse is the study researchers could only guess where the bacteria came from. The most likely explanation would be the lemon into contact with raw meat or stool that had been moved from fingertips to the fruit. With this information in mind, it might be better to omit lemon!

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3. [botellasdeketchup

One of the few things that fast food chains may have to presume is the hygienic way to distribute their condiments, as they usually come in individual packages. Beyond its fast food options, the average restaurant does not work the same way.

Have you looked at the tabletop lately? There’s the glass or plastic bottle ketchup standard to be installed. So many people touch the bottle of ketchup, but rarely cleaned in the rush of trying to clear tables for the next customers. Not only this, but by an additional “ick” factor, which froze dirt on the bottom of the bottles is not so hygienic. If the developer crap is there, it’s a pretty safe bet the bottle has not been cleaned in a long time.

I’m not saying you have to stop eating out, but a little awareness about the general cleanliness of the place they are choosing to eat is always a good idea. My rule of thumb: Be sure to wash hands thoroughly before eating and after leaving

Sometimes you can not trust the restaurant you are eating to care so much about the transfer of germs as it does.!


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