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Plus 5 TSA-friendly options to shop instead.For many, a glass of water isn’t complete without a wedge of lemon. And while a squeeze of citrus can certainly work wonders when it comes to livening up an otherwise meh cup of water, lemon water has also long been in the limelight thanks to its assumed health benefits. The (lemon) twist? Research shows that the benefits of lemon are kind of overhyped and… not as life-changing as we may have initially thought when paired with only plain ol’ water. All good. After all, hydration is key for every bodily function.
However, another study revealed that consuming lemon—or any other citrus, for that matter—can have more health-promoting prowess when paired with green tea. According to researchers at Purdue University, a splash of lemon juice can boost green tea’s antioxidant capacity by five to 10 times (!). We caught up with Lauren Manaker, MS, RDN, LD, CLEC, CPT, a registered dietitian based in Charleston who shared more about why lemon should be your mug of green tea’s new main squeeze and how this combination can give you an extra boost of antioxidants.
Why drinking green tea with lemon is a deliciously healthy idea According to Mario Ferruzzi, a professor of food science at Purdue University and the study’s lead author, citrus juices helps maintain green tea’s high antioxidant levels even as it’s being digested. In the study, Ferruzzi analyzed the effect of various beverage mix-ins on catechins—also classified as flavonols (flavan-3-ols)—which are naturally occurring antioxidants found in green tea that are anti-inflammatory and have been linked to many health-promoting benefits. The study showed that combining green tea with either citrus juices or vitamin C can increase the amount of catechins available for the body to absorb, which can potentially help reduce your risk of
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