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Ice from Fast Food Restaurants Dirtier than Toilet Water, Study Reveals

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  • Lab tests show that ice from UK branches of McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Starbucks and other fast food restaurants contains more bacteria than the water found in the restaurants’ toilets
  • Similarly, tests conducted in 2008 found that two-thirds of all restaurant lemon wedges were contaminated with 25 different types of disease-causing bacteria -- including fecal bacteria
  • While none of the samples presented an immediate health risk, four of them contained high enough levels to be considered a “hygiene risk,” the laboratory warned
  • Children, the elderly, and those with poorly functioning immune systems are among the most vulnerable to foodborne illness. Regularly drinking sweetened beverages is, in and of itself, a factor that will impair your immune function
  • Ditching sodas and other sweetened drinks is one of the most powerful actions you can take to improve your health and lower your risk of disease and long-term chronic health conditions

By Dr. Mercola

If the thought of drinking toilet water makes you cringe, you will probably be none too pleased to find out that ice served at many fast food restaurants contains more bacteria than the water found in their toilets. As reported by the featured article:

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