If you think toilet water is bad, you’ll cringe when you learn that ice served at fast food restaurants is even more contaminated!
According to one study, ice served at popular fast food chains has a higher level of bacteria than samples of water taken from lavatory bowls. “Experts say it could be due to them being cleaned more often than the ice machines…
And, while none of the samples are an immediate health hazard, the levels of bacteria they contained classifies them as a “hygiene risk”. The study was carried out in UK restaurants, but experts expect the same, if not worst results in the USA. The problem is not in the water itself – it’s in the bacterial growth in the ice machine and the lack of hygiene of the employees.
The fact that people are not keeling over from foodborne pathogens en masse is proof that your body is equipped to handle these types of infectious assaults, but that certainly does not mean there’s no health risk.
Children, the elderly, and anyone with a poorly functioning immune system are among the most vulnerable. Ironically, regularly frequenting fast food restaurants and drinking lots of sweetened beverages is, in and of itself, a factor that will take a toll on your immune function, which could render you more susceptible to experiencing health problems from contaminated ice.