This article has been Fact-Checked by Kendall Kennedy MS, RD, RYT
One fruit that appears again and again in so-called “detox drinks” is lemon. Are lemons actually good for weight loss or not?
Lemons are mainly used to add flavoring to dishes and drinks like for example water. People like to attribute a lot of benefits to them but how many of those are true?
Micronutrients in lemons
The first thing to look at is the amount of micronutrients in lemon.
Micronutrients are a group of nutrients your body absolutely needs to survive and thrive. Micronutrients include vitamins and minerals. These are involved in basically every aspect of your health, including weight loss.
100 grams of lemons without peel provides you with approximately (1):
- Vitamin C: 88% of the DV (Daily Value)
- Vitamin B6: 4% of the DV
- Potassium: 4% of the DV
- Thiamin: 3% of the DV
- Calcium: 3% of the DV
- Folate: 3% of the DV
- Iron: 3% of the DV
And a few other micronutrients in smaller amounts. The vitamin C level in lemon is certainly amazing but the other essential vitamins and minerals not that much. It will certainly add a little but of everything but other foods might be better if you’re looking to add more micronutrients to your diet.
Fiber in lemons for weight loss
Another very important thing to look at in your weight loss food is the amount of fiber present.
Lemons contains around 2.8 grams of fiber per 100 grams. This is a fairly big amount of fiber per 100 grams.
Fiber has multiple benefits. First of all, it feeds your microbiome, the microbes that live in your intestines. The health of your microbiome influences your body’s health and weight. Feeding it well is usually not a bad idea.
Fiber also helps you feel less hungry without adding a lot of calories to your diet. Hunger and cravings can be a big pitfall for people trying to lose weight, so avoiding this is a big plus.
Should you eat lemons for weight loss?
Let’s take a closer look at the macronutrients in pineapple.
29 calories per 100 grams. 22.8 of these calories come from carbohydrates (9.3 g per 100 grams of which 2.8 g fiber).
This is an extremely low amount, you won’t find many whole foods with a lower calorie count per 100 grams than lemon. Even compared to other fruits lemon is one of the best for weight loss.
Lemon is a great fruit to feel less hungry and get some more fiber in your diet without adding calories. It might be overhyped at times but lemons can certainly serve you well when you’re trying to lose weight. Even if it’s just flavoring up your daily water intake.