Do you drink Lemon Water? Why? Is it because the taste of lemon or another reason? Read this 5 myths about lemon water you need to know :-
MYTH 1: IT CAN HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT
Some claim that because lemons contain pectin, the same satiating fiber found in apples, its juice will fill you up and in turn, aid weight loss. But there’s only a trace amount of that fiber (if any) still present in the juice by the time you squeeze it into your water.
“Fiber, in general, is key when it comes to slowing down your digestion, and helping the entire digestive process work,” says Maggie Michalczyk, RD, a registered dietitian based in Chicago.. “Unfortunately, none of this fiber is in the actual lemon juice itself.”
You’re better off including high-fiber foods like oats, beans, and legumes in your diet as part of a satisfying meal. Otherwise, lemon juice may serve best as a replacement tool for weight loss (say, drinking it in place of soda or other sugary drinks), rather than a magic bullet.
“Since it’s low in calories, it may help with overall calorie restriction for weight loss. But that’s the only impact it would have,” says Jason Ewoldt, RDN, LD, a wellness dietitian at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. That said, some animal studies do suggest that lemon compounds might help with weight loss, he adds, but the research is still too preliminary to know how lemon water affects humans and weight.
MYTH 2: IT CAN WARD OFF DISEASE
This theory stems from the fact that your body turns acidic lemon juice into an alkaline substance, but most experts agree that the pH of your food doesn’t affect your health or cause diseases like arthritis or cancer, as some diets might claim. Too much acid from lemon juice, however, can hurt your pearly whites.
“Strong acids like lemon juice can erode tooth enamel if in contact on a regular basis,” says Libby Parker, RD, a registered dietitian in San Luis Obispo, California. “If you are drinking lemon juice, be careful not to brush your teeth right after. Just swish plain water around in your mouth.” Brushing your teeth when they’re exposed to acid like lemon juice can cause even more enamel erosion that leads to cavities. To keep your teeth healthy, enjoy lemon juice in moderation.
MYTH 3: IT DETOXES YOUR SYSTEM
Some believe that drinking lemon juice can cleanse your system from toxins and ailments, but research doesn’t stand behind this claim. “This is a popular theory, but again, other than the high vitamin C content, which is also found in other foods, theres little scientific evidence to support that lemon juice detoxes your system better than water,” says Kirkpatrick MS, RD, the manager of wellness nutrition programs at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.
In fact, your body doesn’t need to be “cleansed” at all, despite what diet detoxes or liquid cleanses might tell you. “Our kidneys and liver do all the detoxifying we need,” says Michalczyk.
MYTH 4: IT SPEEDS UP YOUR METABOLISM
Many say that a cup of lemon water in the morning can keep your metabolism humming all day long. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, the experts can’t back this one up either.
“I’ve never seen that association,” says Kristin Kirkpatrick. “Some foods, like cayenne pepper, temporarily speed up metabolism through the thermic effect of food, but I have not seen any studies where lemons do the same.”
However, if adding lemon to your water helps you to drink more than you usually would, that may provide a benefit.
“It can help, but that benefit is coming more from the actual water rather than the lemon you’re squeezing into it,” says Michalczyk. “Your metabolism thrives off of water to maintain its functions. Think of it as a mean, lean, calorie-burning machine, and water is the gas in the tank.”
MYTH 5: IT’S AN ANTI-AGING MIRACLE
While lemon juice might provide a nice dose of antioxidants, it won’t turn back the clock on aging.
“Lemon juice does contain moderately high levels of vitamin C, which plays a role in skin health by helping with the formation of collagen, [a structural protein that wards off wrinkles], but there are many other food options when it comes to getting enough vitamin C,” says Ewoldt. For optimal skin health, you’re better off eating a balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, lean meat like turkey or salmon, and seeds, which all provide nutrients that promote collagen production and preservation.