We are quite familiar with lemons, it’s an unavoidable part of our day to day routine due to its tremendous uses in different aspects, whether cooking, cleaning or cosmetic purposes. Vinegar is also an acid which is somewhat different from lemon in its properties and pH.
pH of lemon and vinegar
pH is the term used to explain the acidity and basicity of any substance. pH is measured on a scale of 1-14. Where 7 serves as neutral. Those with low pH are acidic substances whereas the ones with higher pH are basic substance. Lemon and vinegar both are acidic in nature with pH between 2-3 for lemons and 3-4 for vinegar. Both of these acids turns the universal indicator red, proving their acidic nature. Lemons contain two acids- citric acid which is a weak acid and ascorbic acid which is generally known by the name vitamin C. Vinegar is acetic acid which itself is a member of weak acids family.
Lemon vs Vinegar
Lemon juice and vinegar, both are weak acids. Benefits like free of calories, proteins and fibers and acts as an excellent preservative for the natural source are common for both. They both enjoy the similarities of being a natural cleaner helping in removal of various stubborn stains and on the other hand both possess anti-bacterial properties also. Both being weak acids can be used for various purpose including addition in foods. Although they have low pH, both are weak in nature. Our body has natural buffering agents which is self-sufficient to neutralize these acids and prevent ill effects. However, excess use or direct consumption can destroy tooth enamel.
Both being weak acids still sail in different boats as citric acid has more efficiency to liberate hydrogen ions leading to the higher strength of citric acid than that of acetic acid. Lemon juice is stronger in comparison to an acidic measure of vinegar, it acts as a better cleaning agent than vinegar.
Talking about vinegar, although it’s weaker acid than that of lemon juice, it still carries some benefits over it. It possesses a longer duration of life than that of lemons. Moreover, it is easy to store. The problem with lemon juice is that with increment in time, lemon juice can deteriorate. Use of vinegar also reduces the chances of any sticky leftovers, as in case of lemons.
Despite of difficult storage, lemons have many health benefits. It serves as a good source of essential minerals like magnesium, calcium, potassium etc. Lemon has active antioxidant potential and source of Vitamin c which is helpful for skin, connective tissue, bones etc. It helps in boosting up the metabolism of our body. Citric acid present in lemons is a bleaching agent which is helpful for the skin as cosmetic agent. It is beneficial in maintaining the pulse and helpful for patients of hypertension. Citric acid is prime component of Krebs’s cycle, therefore improves the metabolizing property of the body. Presence of ascorbic acid helps in curing digestion issues. Therefore help you lose extra calories and keep you staying hydrated.
Vinegar is marketed in stores by different names. It’s very popular form is one which is flooding markets in the name of apple cider vinegar. It claims to have health impacts. Its use by today’s generation to reduce weight and curb appetite is increasing day by day. Though it is not true for everyone. One should consult his physician before adding it to their daily routine.
Finally, both lemon juice and vinegar serve as a food additive, cleaner, weight management therapy, preservative and many more, lemon being higher in pH can provide better results than that of vinegar due to their additional effects of health and hydration.