Summer is coming and many people ask about lemonade.
Indeed, if you like the unique fragrance of lemon, it is recommended that you drink: light lemonade.
However, before drinking, you may need to know:
- It is good to drink when the drink is drunk, and there is no magical effect. It is better not to add sugar/honey. You can drink it during the day and at night. Cold water and hot water depend on your preferences. Fresh lemon is the best, followed by sugar-free freeze-dried lemon slices.
1. Can lemonade lose weight?
Legend has it that lemon is rich in acid, which can detoxify, clear intestines, scrape oil and remove grease.
It’s a pity that lemon will feel great pressure if it knows that it has such high hopes.
First of all, fat is the key to energy storage. If acid can hinder fat absorption, detoxify and clear intestines, then in the age of food shortage, our ancestors had already starved themselves to death because of gastric acid scraping fat.
In fact, in the small intestine, the human body secretes alkaline substances to neutralize gastric acid and the acidity of food itself. Therefore, eating more sour food is estimated to have the greatest effect of promoting gastrointestinal peristalsis and making your appetite open.
In addition, if you drink lemonade with sugar/honey, you should be careful to gain weight.
If you want to lose weight, you should follow the law of conservation of energy, shut up and keep your legs open.
Can lemonade resist cancer?
Don’t expect lemonade to have [anticancer] effects.
Legend has it that lemonade is alkaline water and contains many anti-cancer substances, which can correct acid-base imbalance in the body and prevent cancer.
In fact, there are two big loopholes in this statement:
On the one hand, the acidity and alkalinity of the human body is a very complicated balance system, which is not so easy to change. If you rely on eating alkaline food and drinking alkaline water, you can adjust the acidity and alkalinity balance of the human body and prevent cancer and anticancer, then there is no need to study cancer drugs in the world, just drink soda water every day.
On the other hand, there are some possible anti-cancer substances in lemon, but these studies are still in the stage of in vitro experiments and animal experiments, and whether they are effective in human body is still uncertain. What’s more, the dosage of anti-cancer ingredients in the experiment is not enough to drink a few cups of lemonade every day.
All in all, there is no food or ingredient that can protect people from cancer. However, if lemonade without sugar can replace sweet drinks, it is indeed beneficial to health.
3. Is lemonade whitening or blackening?
Lemon can be said to be a somewhat [split] food in the beauty industry:
Some people say that lemon contains vitamin C (VC), which can fade the melanin already generated and whiten skin.
However, some people say that it contains some photosensitive substances, such as coumarin, which will make people black after eating it and basking in the sun.
For those who expect lemonade to whiten, the answer is: impossible.
VC is indeed a whitening ingredient loved by major skin care brands, but the vitamin C content in lemon is not very high, at 22 mg/100g. Even if an oversized lemon (about 100g) is soaked in water every day, the intake of VC is not as reliable as eating 100g of Chinese cabbage (31 mg/100g).
For those who worry that drinking lemonade during the day will turn black, the answer is: think too much.
In order for coumarin to play the role of [tanning], three conditions are required:
- Special constitution (e.g. Systemic lupus erythematosus patients); Long-term sunlight exposure; Adequate intake of coumarin.
The coumarin content in lemon is very low. To reach the effective dose, you have to eat hundreds of them at one time and bring skin.
Therefore, if your skin turns black after drinking lemonade, it may be because you forgot to wear sunscreen.
4. Lemons cannot be soaked in hot water?
In the hearts of many people, VC is a delicate vitamin, which is easily damaged by high temperature.
In fact, VC is not as fragile as imagined due to the presence of citric acid.
Some studies have shown that when fresh lemon is soaked in water, the preservation rate of VC is still about 60% even in water at 60 ~ 70 ℃, while for dry lemon slices, water at 50 ~ 60 ℃ is more conducive to the dissolution of VC.
In addition, hotter water is also helpful to release the aroma in lemons. It is better to try soaking lemons with hot water at about 60 ℃.
However, in order to protect the oral cavity and esophagus, remember to dry it before drinking.
5. How about dried lemon slices?
Fresh lemons need to be sliced and preserved, which is a little troublesome. By contrast, dried lemon slices are much more convenient to use. However, many people worry that dried lemon slices are not nutritious.
Indeed, dried lemon slices will have some nutritional losses more or less.
However, you can choose vacuum freeze-dried lemon slices, which are of better quality than traditional air drying and heating drying. (Although the price is more expensive …)
In particular, we should remind everyone that there are still a lot of lemon slices stained with sugar (honey), which are not recommended because of the large loss of nutrition and the addition of sugar.
From a nutritional point of view, fresh lemon is definitely the first choice. But! Dried lemon slices (non-sugar stains) are also good, after all, convenient, and the nutrients provided by two slices of lemon are very limited, so don’t pay too much attention.
6. What is the best way to make lemonade?
Good lemonade should be light in taste, with a slight aroma of lemon.
If lemons are used too much, such as one or half at a time, it may stimulate the mouth and stomach, and sugar is needed to neutralize them because the taste is too sour. If you want to taste sweet, the sugar content should be at least 5%, and drinking too much is not conducive to weight control.
It should be noted that the special aroma of lemon mainly comes from the skin, so it is best to cut the skin into thin slices and soak in water.
A large area of lemon with skin, soaked in about 600 mL of water, has fragrance and slight acid but does not need to add sugar. If necessary, add a few pieces of ice, which is an excellent drink for relieving summer heat and quenching thirst.
7. How to save unused lemons?
Fresh lemons are good, but only one or two slices are needed to soak in water. How to preserve them after that is an annoying problem.
In fact, there is no need to worry too much, because lemons have high acidity, so natural zones have some preservative functions. However, in order to preserve the cut lemons better, the following points should be paid attention to:
- Cutting with a clean knife; Wrap the remaining lemons with plastic wrap and refrigerate them in the refrigerator. Use it as soon as possible, after all, it will not be fresh after a long time.