Ever toss some lemons, limes or sliced strawberries into a water bottle or pitcher to infuse your drink with a hint of fruit flavor? It is a favorite way to get more H2O into your diet, but it also can be a health risk. All fruit has a tiny bit of natural bacteria on it, and the sugar in fruit can speed up bacterial growth in water. This is especially true when the water is left at room temperature. You have about four hours to drink fruit-infused water before it needs to be replaced. And always wash all fruits before you slice them up and drop them into water.
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