One of the most frequently asked questions in the comment section of my post about health benefits of lemon water is whether or not drinking lime water might yield the same results as drinking lemon water. I decided to finally sleuth out the answer.
Why I Drink Lemon Water
A few years ago, I started drinking lemon water first thing in the morning about 20-30 minutes prior to eating or drinking anything else other than water. I now feel the difference during days that I don’t drink it and can see the difference in my skin when I stop drinking it for long periods of time. I also am less susceptible to the colds and flus brought home by my daughter.
People started leaving comments on the original post about health conditions improved by lemon water when other medical treatments failed. So, I figure it can’t hurt to continue drinking lemon water
Health Benefits Of Lemons vs. Limes
The bottom line is that both are good for you. However, lemons have a slightly more health benefits in that they are higher in Vitamin C which helps the liver to produce glutathione, a regenerative antioxidant that helps the liver process and eliminate toxins. It’s probably a better choice for those looking for a true detox. Limes are higher in calcium and Vitamin A, but experts suggest the amounts aren’t significant enough to choose limes over lemons. Here is the nutritional breakdown:
Since I normally juice 1/2 of an average lemon into a glass of warm water, I’d probably need to juice almost an entire lime to yield the same benefit. In this case, size matters because if you’re going to swap one for the other and are worried about health benefits, just make sure that you’re adding an equivalent amount to each glass.
Lemon Water Or Lime Water?
I’m not a medical expert, but I think you’ll reap health benefits by choosing either one. I do drink lime water if I run out of lemons and, to be honest, I prefer the taste. I think I’ll rotate it in more often now or occasionally go with both, as demonstrated in the top photo. Which will you choose?
Update: After cycling through a number of lemon squeezers, I’ve shifted to a stainless steel lemon squeezer that I can toss into the dishwasher. I’ve been through peeling paint and corroded plastic with other brands so feel this is worth mentioning if you’re going to make drinking lemon water or lime water a daily habit.