Why do we put lemon in water?

Lemon Water - Why is there a lemon in this glass of water?
Canada
March 19, 2010 5:55pm CST
I never really understood this. A lemon wedge with our water during dinner out in a restaurant. WHY THE LEMON!? Is it just for flavor? Or does it ghave hidden talents? Ive heard of some citris fruits being good for you and good to help lose weight. Is this true? so, why the lemon?
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@srijshm (1165)
• India
20 Mar 10
Drinking water ( more than 200 ml) during meals is not good for digestion as an acidic medium is required for digestive enzymes to act. Lemon also helps in cutting fat form the body. The essential oils in the lemon skin have antioxidant properties too. So it depends on what you do with the lemon wedge in your water.
@alinka (184)
• Greece
21 Mar 10
I think srjshm made his point and i belive is the most corect answer.
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• Canada
21 Mar 10
Thank you so much for such a gret answer. I didnt know that about the acidic meium for digestive enzymes. I drink more water and water based products (such as watery green tea) than anyone else I know. Shuld I think about adding some acidics like oranges, lemons, limes and grape fruits to my diet so that my stomache can digest better? Lemon cuts fat?! :0 Wow, wouldnt have expected that. Do you know how that works? What does it do and what is it that does it? On a tangent topic, do you know of any downfalls to having the lemon? Id think that it would wear down enamle or something on your teeth. Is this true?
@srijshm (1165)
• India
21 Mar 10
I think my comment has been misunderstood to an extent. Drinking water is great, It's just that during meals an acidic drink is better. lemon does effect the enamel, but its mainly for those who try to whiten their teeth with lemon, normal consumption of lemon juice will not harm your enamel.
@olisaur (1932)
• United States
19 Mar 10
I think the lemon wedges are just for flavor. To my perception, there are a lot of people who cannot stand the taste of plain water, and like to have a lemony-flavoring to it.
• Canada
21 Mar 10
And Im the opposite. I dont like the taste of anything but plain, rwal water (alothough most of the stuff I drink right now has flouride in it). What about you? Are you a lemon-flavor person? Or another flavor? Or just water. Although peple say that it has no taste, I think it has a certain flavor to it that nourishes and refreshes the palette.
• Philippines
21 Mar 10
I agree with olisaur on this one. I do not think that a small wedge of lemon will have any real effect on health. I for one cannot drink plain water because growing up, there was no potable water in my little town and so we drank soda. Thus, I always look for flavor in water, and since I have learned the benefits of drinking water, a lemon makes it easier to drink.
@TheWebGuy (243)
• United States
20 Mar 10
I think it does have health benefits. The main reason is probably for flavor. Also, it most likely gives a fancy look instead of just a glass of water. haha. :)
• Canada
21 Mar 10
But what kind of health benefits is my question? What is it does it do? Speed up motabelism? Cleanse the skin? Naturally bleach teeth? Other? Im confised and would love to know the capibilities of the lemon wedge in and out of my water glass. Although I beleive that we also have to consider the down sides. Too much citris causes people to get rahses and Im pretty sure it would help to wear down the enamle on your teeth.
• United States
19 Mar 10
From what I read, lemon juice has natural cleansing capabilities. That, and the lemon wedge probably makes it a little more upscale and colourful than just regular water.
• Canada
21 Mar 10
Its not such a great society we have if a lemon wedge is what it takes to make plaintap water maor upscale and colorful than regular water. Haha,although I know exactly waht you mean. Natural cleansing capabilities? Such as your colon? O your skin? Or what? And what is it in the lemon...? The acids? ...that make it cleansing?
• Germany
19 Mar 10
The yellow Lemon, maybe because it looks good in contrast to the water glass. It adds Art in service making the water more expensive. You can use it too to add flavor to your water, just a drop or two not very much or you will need sugar to make your expensive water trinkable.
@bwaybaby (904)
• United States
19 Mar 10
I think it's just for flavor. I don't deal with citrus well, so I don't like lemon in my water. My boyfriend, on the other hand, loves it.