- Influencer claims blending a whole lemon and olive oil will better your health
- Victoria Macgrath claims it helps speed up metabolism and reduces bloating
- However experts warn it’s not a guaranteed magic drink to cure health issues
When life gives you problems eat a whole lemon – according to style and fashion influencer Victoria Magrath.
The 34-year-old woman, from the UK, shared her favorite drink recipe with her 690,000 TikTok followers, claiming it’s helped to speed up her metabolism and reduce bloating.
Dubbed the ‘mood boosting lemon olive oil drink,’ Victoria says she found the beverage through plant-based content creator Jen Jones, who claims it’s the perfect drink for boosting immunity and detoxing.
‘I’m going to eat this whole lemon,’ Victoria says in the clip, which has been viewed almost 400,000 times since it was posted at the end of August.
After washing the lemon and cutting off the ends, Victoria then blends it with a tablespoon of olive oil, a tablespoon of honey, a knob of ginger, two dates, a cup and a half of water, and a ‘dash of cinnamon.’
‘I’m going to blend this up super high for a couple of minutes,’ she said. ‘Until it’s all blended.’
‘It’s super creamy,’ she says enthusiastically, as she strains it into a bowl.
‘An addition I like to do is add some ground chia seeds,’ she added.
‘Just a small teaspoon of that,’ she instructed. ‘Mix that all around.’
Victoria’s preferred method is to serve the lemon concoction over ice with a straw, gushing over its taste and creamy texture.
‘This is amazing for your gut,’ she beamed. ‘I’ve found it’s helped with my bloating.
The influencer added: ‘It’s also so creamy and delicious.’
Victoria had first talked about the drink in a previous video where she admitted to having a ‘bad mental health day,’ and made it to make herself feel better.
‘It’s really mood boosting,’ she enthused.
Although Victoria is a fan of her lemony drink, some TikTok users were dubious over all the health benefits she was claiming it had, with some saying it could be harmful to the enamel on teeth.
‘I used to have a whole lemon a day, even with a straw my teeth were so bad after 2 years. My dentist scolded me!! Maybe 2-3 a week max,’ one user wrote.
But others were immediate converts to the magic of the lemon drink.
‘I’ve tried it this morning! unbelievably delicious! not sour at all!’ a follower gushed.
‘Just made this and can’t believe how nice it is!’ another agreed.
Others said they’d tried – and hated it.
‘Omg it was disgusting,’ one commented on the video.
Does a lemon a day keep the doctor away? Expert weighs in on citrus concoction
DailyMail.com spoke with nutritionist Amanda Hart about the drink’s ingredients, and whether it’s as beneficial as the influencer claims.
Lemons: Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants – which can boost our immune system and overall health as well as promote digestion
Olive oil: Beneficial for heart health and to help combat inflammation
Dates: High in fiber and known for their antioxidant properties
Ginger: Promotes gastric emptying and reduces feelings on bloating
Cinnamon: Known to have have anti-inflammatory effects, and may reduce bloating and other digestive symptoms related to irritable bowel syndrome
Chia seeds: High in fiber, which can promote regularity and support a healthy digestive system
Nutritionist Amanda Hart, from Amanda Hart Wellness, told DailyMail.com the drink can definitely have some health benefits – but don’t expect it to radically change your life.
‘Lemons are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, which can boost our immune system and overall health,’ Amanda explained. ‘They also stimulate the production of digestive enzymes in our liver, helping to promote digestion and nutrient absorption.’
She added that olive oil – particularly extra virgin olive oil – is high in monounsaturated fats, which are beneficial for heart health.
‘It also contains polyphenols which can combat inflammation in the body and enhance gut microbiota,’ she explained.
Ginger and cinnamon are often thought of as digestive and anti-inflammatory aids, Amanda explained.
‘[Ginger] is known to promote gastric emptying (time it takes for food to empty from the stomach and enter the small intestine) and soothes the digestive tract, reducing feelings of bloating, gas and discomfort,’ she said.
The nutritionist added: ‘Cinnamon also has many benefits; it’s loaded with antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory effects. Some studies also suggest it may reduce bloating and other digestive symptoms related to irritable bowel syndrome.’
According to the expert, blending all these ingredients together – even the chia seeds – can ‘certainly’ contribute to a healthier gut, provided it’s in conjunction with a balanced, nutrient-rich diet overall.
‘[The drink] is generally safe to consume this blend in moderation as a part of a balanced diet,’ she said.
The nutritionist added although the concoction was a ‘great way to get the day started,’ it was important to note that it was not a one-stop shop to better health.
‘There is no one-size-fits-all answer for how often someone should drink it,’ Amanda pointed out. ‘It’s best to consider your specific needs, preferences, and any existing medical conditions you may have.’
‘It’s not a magic pill,’ she reminded lemon enthusiasts. ‘Everyone’s body responds differently to certain foods, so while these ingredients can support gut health generally, individual effects might vary.’
It’s not the first time lemons have been touted by TikTokers to have health properties. A popular recipe circulating the app had foodies adding half a squeezed lemon to a cup of coffee, claiming it can help with weight loss.
However medical professionals weighed in saying there was no conclusive evidence that was the case.
‘A cup of coffee with half a lemon squeezed in – as a coffee aficionado this doesn’t sound appealing at all,’ nutritionist Kate Llewellyn-Waters revealed.
‘But can it help with weight loss?’ she mused. ‘Each has health benefits as individual foods, but there is no conclusive human evidence that coffee with lemon supports weight loss.’
Kate explained that lemon juice was low in calories and rich in vitamin C, but there was no sufficient scientific evidence that it would result in weight loss.
‘Alone or added into coffee,’ she said. ‘For weight loss – swap out the sugar-sweetened soft drinks for water with lemon in it.’