Lemon Juice vs Lemonade: What’s the Difference?

Key Highlights

  • Lemon Juice vs Lemonade: A common confusion among health conscious people.
  • Both are popular worldwide.
  • From a nutrition point of view, lemon juice is the same worldwide. But lemonade vary a lot and sometime may be unhealthy.

Lemon juice is a rich source of vitamin C and flavonoids.

It can support heart health, help control weight, prevent kidney stones, improve digestive health and reduce cancer risk. [1]

It also adds flavor to our dishes.

On the other hand, lemonade is a sweetened lemon-flavored beverage. [2]

There are varieties of lemonade found throughout the world.

For example, in North America and South Asia it is known as cloudy lemonade (lemon juice, water, and a sweetener such as cane sugar, simple syrup or honey).

In the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia, carbonated lemonade is popular.

But what is the difference between lemon juice and lemonade?

Let’s find out. 🧐

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Lemon Juice vs Lemonade

Lemon Juice is a juice that comes out of a lemon after squeezing. 

It is very sour and used in different dishes to add flavors. 

It is very healthy if consumed in the morning on an empty stomach with warm water. [3]

On the other hand, lemonade is made from lemon juice, water, sugar, and other flavoring ingredients.

It is popularly consumed as a refreshing drink or fizzy drink.

You may be surprised to know that soft drinks like Sprite and Seven-Up are generally known as lemonade in the UK.

But there is a fact. 

Lemonade generally contains only 15-20% of lemon juice, the rest is water, sweeter and miscellaneous.

Lemon juice with simple water is more healthy compared to lemonade with sugar and other ingredients.

Because sugars are known as empty calories.  [4]

Also, artificial flavors and preservatives are dangerous for health. [5]

Lemon Squeezing, Lemon Juice vs Lemonade
Lemon juice is what comes out after squeezing lemon.

The Final Word

Lemon is the main ingredient of both lemon juice and lemonade.

Lemonade contains sugar to balance the acidity.

But too much lemonade is harmful to you. 

Drink it occasionally.

However, you can drink lemon juice every day with warm water.

Lemon juice in an empty stomach every morning is healthy. [3]


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  1. Healthline: 6 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Lemons. Accessed 27 October 2021.
  2. Wikipedia: Lemonade. Accessed 27 October 2021.
  3. Scientific Reports: Effects of lifelong intake of lemon polyphenols on aging and intestinal microbiome in the senescence-accelerated mouse prone 1 (SAMP1). Accessed 27 October 2021.
  4. Michigan Medicine: Empty Calories. Accessed 27 October 2021.
  5. World Health Organization: Food additives. Accessed 27 October 2021.
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A. R. Choudhury, ARChoudhuryMSc,

A. R. Choudhury also known as Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition, and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS. 🏅

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

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