Here are several reasons why you should steer clear of pepper when dining out.

Eating out is bad in more than simply the food. The kitchen and toilet, two of the most "sacred" areas in a restaurant, are often neglected when it comes to sanitation. Other restaurant foods may not be as clean as you think besides these two.

For instance, the menu card is the filthiest object in a restaurant since it typically includes about 185,000 germs. Even with all that great food on the menu, there is still another thing hiding in the middle of your meal that is riddled with germs.

On the table in front of you is the second dirtiest and most bacteria-ridden object in the restaurant. If you can believe it, it's really the pepper shaker—something we all use much too frequently. Despite appearances, the shaker is really a breeding ground for a wide variety of microbes.

This is not limited to pepper; it also applies to other seasonings and additives including salt, vinegar, oregano, mustard, and ketchup. Pepper, on the other hand, is the most effective bottle against bacterial infection. The typical pepper shaker harbors 11,600 germs, according to a research published by ABC News.

The widespread nature of improper sanitation raises serious concerns. Most restaurants only wipe the exterior of the salt and pepper cellars with a damp towel instead of emptying and washing them. Despite the fact that it seems clean, the shaker is just as dirty as it was before washing.

Two seconds of shaking the container is all it takes to transfer nearly half of the germs to your hands. This is terrifying to consider, particularly when you consume foods like pizza or burgers with your hands. Consider the sheer volume of germs you are consuming.

To minimize contamination, ask the chef to add pepper while cooking instead than using a dirty salt shaker. Take a packet of anti-bacterial wet wipes or a bottle of hand sanitizer to use after touching the shaker. If you need spice, bring your own salt and pepper packets.

In most cases, restaurants are not kept as clean as they should be. Surprisingly, the bathroom harbors millions of bacteria, whereas the kitchen is frequently left unclean. Even your table may be unclean; in fact, restaurant menus are among the dirtiest things you'll find.

Then there are containers for spices and flavor enhancers, such as pepper shakers, which might transport harmful microorganisms. For that reason, health-conscious diners should limit their use of pepper shakers wherever possible.

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