“Its Majesty” The Lemon: How Much Juice Is In One Lemon?
In my humble opinion, a lemon is indeed the world's healthiest food without any competition, and many experts agree with me as well.
If you read the title of this article, you can immediately realize how highly I appreciate this wonderful fruit. It is all time favorite worldwide, so it isn't just me!
I cannot imagine a kitchen anywhere in this world that does not use lemons. Lemon is definitely an essential food used for making numerous drinks and dishes.
Although lemons have an acidic taste, they are actually alkaline-forming when in our bodies. Their role in balancing the acidic condition in our body is very valuable, and I will discuss it later on.
I could talk about lemons indefinitely as there is so much to say. However, in this article, I will mostly concentrate on the health benefits and usage of this exquisite fruit. I will primarily answer the question how much juice is in one lemon.
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12 Amazing Health Benefits of Lemons
You probably know a lot about health benefits of this ultra-popular fruit, but it is always useful to refresh our memory about such important things.
So here it goes:
1. Vitamin C
- Most of us immediately think about Vitamin C when we hear the word lemon mentioned. They are almost synonymous. Vitamin C is an essential vitamin that helps our immunity stay strong, and us stay healthy. Most importantly, this precious vitamin helps neutralize free radicals that are linked to the occurrence of cancer.
2. Detoxifying properties
- Lemon will dissolve almost every toxin in your body. It stimulates your liver and dissolves uric acid. Lemons clean your bowels as well by increasing peristalsis and inspiring better bowel movement - it is actually a great thing for all of you having problems with constipation.
3. It helps when we lack oxygen
- Few people know this, but when we have difficulties in breathing, we can use lemons. Mountain climbers often use this versatile fruit for this purpose.
4. Antibacterial properties
- The antibacterial properties of lemons are more than flabbergasting! The studies have shown that lemon juice can kill the bacteria that cause numerous life-threatening diseases such as cholera, malaria, or diphtheria.
5. Vitamin P
- Unlike vitamin C, vitamin P is not that well-known, but it is very important nonetheless. It helps strengthen the blood vessels, prevent internal hemorrhage, and in the treatment of high blood pressure.
6. The only anionic food in the whole world
- According to the Reams Biological Ionization Theory, lemons are the only anionic food. As all the other food is cationic, lemon is very useful. Namely, the negatively charged ions (anionic) from lemons interact with positively charged ions (cations) and the energy created in this way is used by the cells in our body.
- I bet that you have never heard about this compound, but it is very useful for the health of your eyes. Rutin actually relieves the symptoms of eye disorders such as diabetic retinopathy.
8. Citric acid
- This acid is a natural gallstone and kidney stone dissolver. It helps disperse calcium deposits as well.
9. Alkalize your body
- As I have already mentioned, lemons are alkaline/forming and thus help restore the pH level of your body which is very important for overall health.
10. Dental care
- Besides being able to relieve an acute toothache, lemon juice is also great for eliminating the problems caused by gum diseases such as gum bleeding and bad odors.
11. Hair & Skin care
- If you have problems with dandruff or hair loss apply lemon juice to your scalp. It will also make your hair shiny.
- The natural antiseptic properties of lemon juice can help keep your skin spotless and youthful. It is also good for treating eczema, insects’ bites and sunburns.
12. Weight loss
- It is highly useful to drink warm lemonade (a mix of lukewarm water, lemon juice, and honey) on an empty stomach in the morning as it will speed up your metabolism and help you burn off the fat cells.
- Believe it or not, this is only a tip of the iceberg; there are many other health benefits of this majestic fruit that should be mentioned. I thus highly recommend reading more on the subject.
How much juice is in one lemon
Numerous recipes call for lemon juice, but I sometimes add it even when it is not required.
However, it is quite puzzling to determine how much juice is in one lemon. It is easy to read the recipe that requires the juice or the zest of one lemon - but not all lemons are the same.
I have witnessed the lemons a size of a rather small egg and lemons a size of an average orange and I bet that their juice content differs greatly.
So how can you be sure how much juice is in one lemon?
I have decided to find some information on an average weight of lemons. Some smart people have calculated that an average lemon weighs about 3.6 ounces. I have decided to find such a medium sized lemon and run a test of my own.
When I had gotten a hold of a perfect test sample (I had to go through a full bag of lemons for an ideal fit), I squeezed all the lemon juice I possibly could out of it.
The results are as follows:
An average-sized lemon has around two tablespoons of juice and one tablespoon of lemon zest in it. As there are usually four to five lemons in one pound, you can do the simple math and calculate that there are 8-10 tablespoons of lemon juice in one pound of lemons.
In this way, if you do not have lemons but bottled lemon juice instead, you now know how to act if the recipe requires juice from one lemon - simply add two tablespoons of the lemon juice you have. If the situation is reversed, and your recipe calls for one tablespoon of lemon juice - you can take a medium-sized lemon and squeeze the fresh juice out of one half.
I always prefer fresh ingredients, but when it comes to lemons, it is even more important to try and use fresh juice rather than the bottled one. Fresh lemon juice is more complex, and richer in vitamins, and will thus be more beneficial for you as well. In short, use fresh lemon juice whenever you can!
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How to get all the juice out of your lemons
Now that you know that you can get around two tablespoons of juice from a lemon, you should go have a lemonade. In fact, any time is a great time for lemonade! 🙂
Have you any troubles with juicing your lemons?
Do not panic; I have some great advice that will teach you how to get all the juice out of your lemons.
1. Use a hand juicer
- I own a hand juicer that makes squeezing lemons seem like a child’s play. As the matter a fact my boys adore to juice the lemons on their own.
2. Use elbow grease
- First, roll the lemon, cut it into halves and then squeeze it cut-side up!
3. Use a fork
- Cut your lemon in half crosswise. Stab a fork into the center of the lemon and press it up and down until all the juice is extracted.
4. Use a spoon
- Once again cut the lemon in half crosswise. Now, stick a spoon in the center. Make twisting motions with a spoon and then squeeze the rest of the juice out.
5. Use a citrus press
- As you can already assume, first you need to cut the lemon in half crosswise. Next, use a citrus press as instructed.
I have read somewhere that a famous writer Laurie Colwin loved lemons as well. She wrote that if she could have only one fruit in the kitchen, her choice would always be lemons.
I agree wholeheartedly. The lemon is really the king of all fruits.
You can use lemons for soups, marinades, stews, vinaigrettes, stir-fries and, as my favorite, on fish. A tablespoon of lemon juice is enough to take a dish to a whole other level!
Lemon desserts are a category of their own - refreshing and tasty at the same time! So, go make yourself a lemonade and find a few recipes that require lemon for your lunch menu tomorrow! 😉