From the New York Daily News in 2010:
A substance in lime juice, if left on the skin in the sun, can cause the skin to become discolored, as if by poison ivy or a jellyfish sting --
and the marks can last for months, reports Scott Flugman in the Archives
beers, particularly Corona, are typically served with a lime slice
wedged in the top of the bottle. The drinker shoves the lime into the
bottle and holds his or her thumb over the bottle's mouth while turning
the bottle over to mix in the juice.
But if the drinker is not
careful, the beer's carbonation can spray lime juice and beer all over
his or her skin -- "especially in a patient who is shirtless by a beach
or pool," wrote Flugman, a dermatologist in New York...
The resulting reaction is due to a substance called psoralen, used to
make the skin more sensitive to a wavelength of ultraviolet light,
UV-A, used to treat certain skin conditions. Lemons contain psoralens too, but not as strong.
I refuse lemon or lime slices or zests. They are unwashed, sliced at the beginning of the barman's shift, and sit in a bowl all day long.ReplyDelete