Lemon water might not be the magical drink that some make it out to be.
Even though lemon water is a pretty great alternative to sugary sodas, juices, and energy drinks, many lofty claims about it accelerated weight loss or boosting liver function are overblown at best and inaccurate at worst.
Here are the eight myths about the benefits lemon water that just aren’t true.
MYTH: Lemon water will help speed up your weight loss efforts.
Some suggest water with lemon is the secret to speeding up weight loss, but these claims are often inflated.
Registered dietitian Toby Amidor, M.S., R.D., C.D.N. told Food Network that lemon juice won’t actually speed up weight loss.
Lemons contain pectin, a fiber that, according to Livestrong, can help you feel full and satisfied without additional calories. But squeezing a slice of lemon into your water only leaves trace amounts of this fiber — which mostly exists in the rind, not the juice — thus doing little to nothing for your satiety levels.
MYTH: It helps „wake up“ your digestive system.
Staying hydrated with water is what benefits your digestive system — adding lemon won’t make a huge difference.
According to the Mayo Clinic, water helps break down foods in your system, allowing your body to more easily absorb their nutrients.
Although the lemon could add some flavor to your drink, plain water could essentially provide the same digestive benefits.
MYTH: It cleanses or „detoxifies“ your body.
If you’re thinking of adding lemon water to your diet to cleanse and detox your body, there’s simply no need.
„There is not any scientific evidence that it provides health benefits,“ Joy Dubost, RD, food scientist and former spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics told Healthline. She said a lemon water detox will only starve your body of certain nutrients.
In most cases, your body cleanses out toxins on its own.
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