Can We Eat Apple and Lemon Together? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: It is generally safe to eat apples and lemons together or one after another. Because there are no known scientific reasons that suggest this combination is harmful, and it can be a flavorful and nutritious addition to the diet.

Apples and lemons both are healthy foods.

Apples contain vitamins such as vitamin C and dietary fiber, while lemons have high levels of vitamin C and citric acid.

According to Ayurveda, combining foods with radically different energetics can overwhelm the digestive fire (agni) and cause indigestion, fermentation, gas, bloating, and the creation of toxins.

However, there is no specific mention of apples and lemons being incompatible in Ayurvedic texts.

But according to science, there are no known adverse reactions to consuming apples and lemons together.

In fact, lemon juice is often used to prevent apples from browning due to oxidation.

As a nutritionist, my advice is to try first.

If after eating apples and lemons together can cause side effects, then stop combining them.

And if you can tolerate, then continue.

However, you should be mindful of the quality and quantity of apples and lemons you consume.

Because consuming too much citric acid from lemons can erode tooth enamel, and excessive fiber from apples may lead to digestive discomfort if not used to it.

Whether you eat them together or not, you should always choose fresh, organic, and ripe fruits.

Because these are less likely to contain harmful pesticides and will provide the best nutritional value.

You can store apples at room temperature for about a week or in the fridge for up to a month.

Lemons can be kept at room temperature for about a week or in the fridge for up to three weeks.

Do not store them in airtight containers as they need some air circulation to stay fresh.

Finally, remember, moderation is key when it comes to consuming fruits. It’s also important to maintain a balanced diet that includes a variety of foods to ensure you’re getting all the necessary nutrients.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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