Does lemon water actually help you lose weight?

Lemon water is touted as a foolproof way to lose weight by flushing toxins from the body, reducing appetite, and prevent the digestive system from absorbing dietary fat. Yet, those claims aren’t accurate.

The claims seem to come from a 2008 Japanese study that found the micronutrients in lemons could improve the metabolism in mice that were fed a high-fat diet. These lemon micronutrients were apparently stimulating the liver to produce enzymes that could block the absorption of dietary fats.

The problem is, those mice were eating a diet extremely high in lemon rinds which is where those micronutrients are highly concentrated—not lemon juice. It would be nearly impossible to eat as much lemon rinds as those mice. Further, there has been no evidence or studies to prove that drinking lemon water actually promotes weight loss in humans.

Lemons have innumerable health benefits and sipping on lemon water is most definitely a healthy habit to have. But, it seems that the media has warped the results of the Japanese study to market yet another “miracle” cure.