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Read about the nutrition facts, health benefits, nutritional value and calories found in Lemons


Indian Recipes : Nutrition : Fruits : Lemons Nutrition Facts

When life gives you a lemon, squeeze, mix it with six ounces of distilled water and drink daily! Renowned for improving the taste of culinary preparations, lemons are also loaded with numerous health benefits. It is probably one of the most valuable citrus fruits. Inexpensive and easily available, lemons can be added to a variety of recipes such lemon cakes, lemon chicken and beverages such as lemonade. Botanically referred to as Citrus limon, the lemon is an oval shaped, yellow fruit that grows on a small evergreen tree. This fruit hails from the Citrus family, that also includes orange, pomelo, tangerine and grapefruit. Not just the juice, lemons are admired for their pulp and rind (zest) too. Originally from the Himalayan foothills of northeast India, the lemon is now found in places across the globe and thus, becoming the largest consumable amongst fruits. Listed here are a myriad of advantages of lemons.

 

 

 

History

Lemons are believed to have originated in northeastern India, close to the Himalayas, northern Burma and China. These fruits were developed as a hybrid between the lime and the citron and were cultivated in these cold regions for about 2,500 years. Lemon was initially used as an antiseptic and an antidote for various poisons. From here, the fruit travelled to Europe around the 1st century AD, during the ancient Roman era. Only after lemons were introduced to Persia, Iraq and Egypt around 700 AD, did they undergo their first recording in literature. The Arabs spread this citrus fruit throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean regions, between 1000 AD and 1150 AD. In Europe, lemons were first cultivated in Genoa during the mid-15th century. In 1493, on his second voyage to America, Christopher Columbus took lemon seeds along with him to Hispaniola. When the Spanish conquered the New World, lemon seeds began gaining importance in fields of medicine. However in the 18th and 19th centuries, the fruit found their way into cooking and flavouring, especially in Florida and California. Currently, the United States, Italy, Spain, Greece, Israel and Turkey are the major lemon producers.

 

Health Benefits of Nimbu (Lemon)

 

  • Lemon is largely used for relieving digestive tract problems such as nausea, heartburn and parasites. It works best when the juice is diluted with hot water. Lemon juice contains properties that help in alleviating indigestion symptoms like heartburn, bloating and belching.

  • Lemon in water is a wonderful remedy for people with heart problems owing to its high potassium content. By controlling increased levels of blood pressure and dizziness, the fruit of the lemon brings relaxation to the mind and body. In addition, it is known to reduce mental stress and depression.

  • Amongst other health benefits, lemonade (lemon pulp mixed in water) boasts of providing a quick solution to weight loss. Diluting lemon juice with lukewarm water and honey is a popular choice.

  • Lemon juice finds a place for itself in dental care as well. Applying fresh lemon juice on the areas of toothache provides relief. Massaging it on the gums stops bleeding and removes bad odour.

  • The juice from lemon acts as a cooling agent and is thus used to reduce any burning sensations on the skin. Besides, it speeds up the process of fading scars. Any hardened surface on the skin can be dissolved or softened by applying the liquid on it.

  • Respiratory and breathing problems are also cured with lemon juice. Being a rich source of vitamin C, it helps in dealing with asthma.  

  • Due to its aromatic and antibacterial properties, lemon juice is extremely useful for foot relaxation.

  • It is an excellent fruit for fighting throat infections and tonsillitis owing to its healing nature.

  • Being a natural antiseptic, lemons are proven to eliminate skin problems such as wrinkles and blackheads, thereby rejuvenating the skin and enhancing the glow on the skin. Daily consumption of lemon water acts as an anti-ageing remedy.

  • Lemon juice has the natural ability to stop any kind of internal bleeding. People suffering from frequent nasal bleeding can apply lemon juice on a cotton swab to minimize blood flow.

  • Lemon is also recommended to patients with a high amount of uric acid, urinary tract infections and other kidney related ailments due to their diuretic property.

 

Nutritional Value & Calories In Lemon 

Amount: 1

Total Weight: 83 g

 
Nutrients
Amount

Basic Components

 
Proteins
0.96 g
Water
72.5 g
Ash
0.33 g
Phytosterols
10 mg
 
 
Calories
 
Total Calories
20
Calories From Carbohydrate
19
Calories From Fat
2.1
Calories From Protein
3.1
 
 
Carbohydrates
 
Total Carbohydrates
8.3 g
Dietary Fiber
3.1 g
Sugar
2.1 g
 
 

Fats & Fatty Acids

 
Total Fat
250 mg
Saturated Fat
32 mg
Monounsaturated Fat
9.2 mg
Polyunsaturated Fat
74 mg
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
22 mg
Omega-6 Fatty Acids
53 mg
 
 
Vitamins
 
Vitamin A
22 IU
Vitamin C
54 mg
Vitamin E
125 mcg
Vitamin B6
79 mcg
Thiamin
38 mcg
Riboflavin
25 mcg
Niacin
125 mcg
Folate
9.2 mcg
Pantothenic Acid
176 mcg
 
 
Minerals
 
Calcium
36 mg
Iron
542 mcg
Magnesium
8.3 mg
Phosphorus
13 mg
Potassium
118 mg
Sodium
2.1 mg
Zinc
67 mcg
Copper
124 mcg
Manganese
25 mcg
Selenium
0.33 mcg
 

How many calories in lemons (per 100 gm)

Lemons have about 24 calories per 100 gm of weight.

 

How to Buy Lemons

 

  • Always pick lemons that are heavy, brightly coloured and smooth skinned heavy. Avoid lemons with blemishes, decayed spots and shriveled up layers.

  • To find good quality lemon, the trick is to choose thin skinned ones rather than those with thicker peels as the latter will have lesser flesh and juice.

  • When you pick up bright yellow lemons, you must be able to smell the fresh citric aroma on your fingers.

  • The green coloured fruits are immature and more acidic and hence, are not very juicy. Besides, avoid opting for lemon with dark spots and a spongy feel. Wrinkles and dull colours are signs of over-maturation.

 

Lemon Storage Tips

 

  • Lemons can be kept for a week or two at room temperature, although they last longer in the refrigerator.

  • While storing them at colder temperatures, place them in a re-sealable plastic bag. This ensures their life up to six weeks.

  • You can store lemon in the form of slices or wedges for almost five days, in the refrigerator.

  • Lemon juice and zest can be frozen for later use. Transfer fresh lemon juice into ice cube trays and freeze them. Later, store the cubes in a plastic bag in the freezer. As for the lemon zest, dry and grate it before storing.





More About Lemons
Quantity: 100 grams
Calories: 24 Calories in 100 grams
Bio-Logical name: Citrus limon
Lemons in other languages:
Hindi Nimbu
Tamil Yelumicham Palam
Malayalam Cherunaranga
Telugu Nimma Pandu
Gujarati Motu Limbu
Bengali Pati Lebu
Marathi Limbu
Oriya Kagji Lembu
Urdu Nimbu
Punjabi Nimbu



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