Lemonade Written by: Mr.Write
It is the refreshing American staple summer drink, but you will be amazed to learn that the famous lemonade didn’t originate from America. The earliest records of the sugar, water and lemon juice recipe are in fact from Egypt. It is evident that through the 13th century the Jewish community in modern-day Cairo made, drank and sold a sweetened lemon juice they called Qatarmizat. The thirst quencher was introduced to Paris in the 17th century and urban legend says it might have saved the city’s residents form the black plague which ravaged France.
Lemons only reached America in the 18th century but since then they became an integral part of the American culture. Women pushed lemonade as an alternative to alcohol in the Victorian era. There are many stories about the origins of lemonade, but none is more captivating than that of how pink lemonade came about. One circus night long ago, a worker accidentally dropped some cinnamon candies into a vat of lemonade. Because the show had to go on; the pink colored drink was served anyway and thankfully, people loved it.
Americans have so much love for lemonade that the lemonade stand became a symbol of their values. It is common to see lemon stands in neighborhoods as children try to make pocket money. From these simple lemonade stands, big businesses have been born and major lessons about money learned. When Edward Bok told of how he made his first profits selling lemonade in Brooklyn, parents were inspired. Today even Warren Buffet admits his lemonade stand taught him one of his first business lessons. It is easy to see why lemonade has remained so popular when you understand how much more it does besides just quenching your thirst.
Benefits of lemonade
- Citrate from your lemonade can save you from the excruciating pain of kidney stones.
- Drinking lemonade with a fever will help you break it by helping you sweat more.
- Regular intake of lemonade packs your body full of antioxidants which are most useful for ensuring normal growth of cells.
- People with high blood pressure can trust lemonade to provide them with the potassium needed to normalize heart function.
- If you are constantly constipated, try a glass of lemonade to help you breakdown food and move it smoothly along your bowels.
- Lemonade is great for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. The acid in your drink will keep away harmful bacteria but stay moderate as too much might instead damage your tooth. Its antiseptic properties make lemonade an excellent way to naturally deal with a sore throat.
- Lemonade protects against diseases like cholera and malaria. This is possible due to the ability of properties in lemon to clean your blood of harmful organisms.
- Lemons contain vitamin C and E which promote skin regeneration, keep your scalp oxygenated and thereby promote the growth of healthy hair.
Nobody can pinpoint the origin of lemonade, but one thing is certain; the refreshing drink is here to stay. It is refreshing, fun and beneficial, all qualities of a product that will continue to be part of the story of mankind. Whether you like yours cloudy or pink, a glass of lemonade will make a hot summer day more endurable.