Years ago, splurging on the good things while minimally considering the ill-effects that might transpire in the long run is somewhat the norm. Given the current onslaught of information and the rise of health advocates, the current generation is much more woke as it seems, especially in terms of taking care of one’s body amid the increase of factors that may pull the quality of their entire wellbeing down.

One of the basic changes to notice is the consumption of lemon infused water. A seemingly progressive shift from having just a bland and flavorless universal fluid, to a tangy, zesty, and feisty variety. In fact, some restaurants are now adding more value to their services by swinging to this alternative for their house water.

Why do people do it? For a variety of reasons, typically highlighting weight-loss. The promise to rev-up its process with this kind of approach is evidently appealing to a lot of us, considering the simplicity of preparation.

But does it really help you lose weight? Strictly speaking, no it does not. The weight-loss promise might have stemmed from a Japanese study which claims that the antioxidants in lemons can effectively aid in weight loss1, and this was then reported by media outlets as a miraculous weight-loss method. Since it sounds categorically effortless and promising, it was no longer a surprise that people then hurried to the fruits and section of the nearby grocery store to get lemons, slice some in their kitchens, and dunk it into their pitcher or on-the-go bottles of water and then wait for the miracle to happen. However, the study was found to be not completely accurate for humans, as it was done only on mice samples.

But, why do some people lose weight? Keep in mind that one of the demands of this method is to replace all the beverage intake, which include sodas, fruit juices, and other similar sweet and hefty-calorie beverages with this new infusion. For example: if you were normally having a serving of cola which has about 140 calories2, and a glass of fruit juice mix which has about 90 calories3, per day, all of these will be reduced to about 29 calories4 if a whole lemon was squeezed on water, if to be consumed within the day as well. Replacing these beverages with this new mixture will be beneficial for weight-loss, granted that the effect is indirect.

So should you stop having it? It’s always your choice. Even though the effects of lemon’s components are not yet proven to be beneficial in pound-shedding, it doesn’t do significant harm to be body. In fact, if consumed in considerable amount, it can still give you the micronutrient benefits through Vitamin C which lemon is considerably abundant with. But banking all your hopes that this mixture will do jiffy wonders against your extra fat isn’t really the best idea. In fact, it was just the water itself that is helping you here, since apparently, it is the only legitimate drink that actually has zero calories.

P.S. Use a straw when having a lemon-water mix. The acid in lemon can erode the enamel of your teeth, especially if the contact between the two is constant5. Reusable or stainless steel straws are good for the environment and for your teeth!

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2581754/
  2. http://www.coca-cola.co.uk/faq/calories-in-330ml-can-of-coca-cola
  3. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Tang-Drink-Mix-Orange-20-Oz-1-Count/14089359
  4. https://g.co/kgs/CoSa89
  5. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0129462
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