Lemon water, one of the latest health trends, has people swearing by the benefits of a simple fruit and water mixture. There are even diets based entirely on lemons, but does it live up to the hype?
Drinking lemon water in the morning is believed to promote digestion, help weight loss, balance the body’s pH levels and “detoxify from the inside out”, while also brightening the skin and boosting your immune system.
This is the nutrient breakdown for one glass of lemon water (water with juice from half a lemon):
- Calories: 9.
- Sugars: Less than 1 gram.
- Vitamin C: 25% of the RDI.
- Folate: 1% of the RDI.
- Potassium: 1% of the RDI.
Lemon water is a low-calorie and low-sugar beverage, even though it doesn’t provide a lot of nutrients, another fruit, say a half an orange, would have double the calories and sugar in your drink. Lemon water is high in vitamin C, comparative to its calorie and sugar content and contains trace amounts of folate and potassium.