Lemons – an Amazing Fruit

Studies show that people who eat fruit such as lemons, tangerines, oranges and other whole foods, tend to eat less at subsequent meals, compared to people who eat “lighter, more calorie-dense foods” such as chips, snack crackers, desserts or candy.Following a balanced diet that includes fruit, along with regular exercise will help bring weight down without jeopardizing your health. Lemons are lower in calories than some other citrus fruits, containing only 15 calories in one medium sized lemon and are free of fat and cholesterol. They contain 7.36 percent of the recommended daily allowance of dietary fiber, and 88 percent of your vitamin C. Citric acid, which gives lemons their sour taste, acts as a natural preservative, assists digestion and can even dissolve kidney stones. Lemon juice also contains B-complex vitamins and important minerals such as copper, calcium, iron and potassium.  And if you have a cold add fresh lemon juice to tea to help increase the absorption of antioxidants.

Flavonoids are important for their antioxidant properties. Citrus fruits, including lemons, contain hesperin and naringenin, anti-inflammatory flavonoids that help boost the immune system. Naringenin protects in-vitro cells from oxidant injury to the DNA.

Thanks to livestrong.com, Sunkist.com and Nutrition and You for this information.

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