Spotlight: Lemons

L is for Lemons

Lemons are not a fruit that you’re likely to pick up out of the fruit bowl and take a big bite of but they are a bit of a wonder fruit in their own right. With incredible nutrition benefits, they can be used to add some zing to savoury dishes or to create a tart dessert.

πŸ‹ A medium sized lemon contains around 20kcal and 139% of recommended daily intake of Vitamin C
πŸ‹ Lemons are made up primarily of water (~90%) and around 10% of carbohydrates (mainly soluble fibres and simple sugars)
πŸ‹ Lemons contain pectin, a soluble fibre. Soluble fibres can help lower blood sugar levels by slowing down the digestion of sugar and starch
πŸ‹ Lemons contain Vitamin C, essential to support a healthy immune system and for skin health
πŸ‹ 1/4 cup of lemon juice contains 31% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, 3% of folate and 2% percent of potassium β€” all for around 13 calories
πŸ‹ The most abundant organic acid in lemons is citric acid which is thought to help prevent the formation of kidney stones

Why not try this? Squirt some freshly squeezed lemon into a cold glass of water first thing in the morning. It’s a great way to start the day off right by stimulating bile and removing toxins from your body.

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