The small evergreen tree and its yellow fruits called lemon are widely known and used in everyday life. Lemon is used for non-culinary and culinary purposes globally, mainly for its juice, which additionally has cleaning and culinary uses. Not only the lemon juice, but its pulp and rind are also used in baking and cooking. Its sour taste makes it the key ingredient in foods and drinks.
Lemons provide about 64% of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin C because lemons are rich in vitamin C. Lemons can be prepared and consumed in a form of a juice, soft drinks, and cocktails. Furthermore, it is used in marinades for fish and meat.
Lemon juice can also be used as a short-term preservative on some foods, like bananas and avocados, to prevent oxidation and turning brown after slicing them. You can also prepare marmalade, lemon curd and lemon liqueur; but also lemon can be added as a garnish for drinks and food.
However, despite its use in the kitchen, lemon can also be used as a healing product. Its medicinal properties have been discovered during the 18th century. In the past, sailors on ships primarily used the lemon to fight infections and flu. Nowadays, lemon is a very popular fruit and it is widely used and found as an ingredient in many natural remedies.
As you read above, lemons besides being used in dishes and desserts, they are also rich in numerous nutrients. The average size lemon, or 100 grams of lemon, contains 2,5 g sugar, 2.8 g dietary fiber, 0,3 g fat, 9.32 g carbohydrates, 1.1 g protein, then:
- Thiamine (B1) 0.04 mg
- Riboflavin (B2) 0.02 mg
- Niacin (B3) 0.1 mg
- Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.19 mg
- Vitamin B6 0.08 mg
- Folate (B9) 11 mg
- Choline 5.1 mg
- Vitamin C 53 mg
- Calcium 26 mg
- Iron 0.6 mg
- Magnesium 8 mg
- Manganese 0.03 mg
- Phosphorus 16 mg
- Potassium 138 mg
- Zinc 0.06 mg
Juice of only one squeezed lemon provides you with:
- 17 calories
- 0.6 g protein
- 0.2 g fat
- 5.4 g carbohydrates
- 1.6 g of fiber
- 1.5 g of sugar
- 23% of the daily requirements of Vitamin C
Health benefits of lemons:
- Eliminates toxins from the body;
- Treats skin problems;
- Balances your pH levels;
- Strengthen the immune system;
- Reduces weight;
- Treat colds and the flu;
- Reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases;
- Eliminates acne;
- Beneficial for healthy complexion;
- Improves the iron absorption;
- Boosts you with energy;
- Reduces the risk of obesity;
- Reduces the risk of diabetes;
- Reduces the risk of heart disease.
However, according to the experts, lemon peel is also useful and beneficial. Lemon peel is a powerful antiseptic as well as a powerful antibacterial agent. It can fight various infections and at the same time it will reduce the pressure into your blood vessels and therefore, the pain is relieved.
Put lemon and olive oil into a jar. Apply it on a painful area with gauze. You will see the results immediately.
Also, you can prepare lemon tea to boost your immune system, to relieve headache and stress.
Another useful tip how to use the lemon and to benefit from it is if you add juice of one squeezed lemon into a glass of water. Consume this drink every morning and soon your skin will be shiny and healthy, your weight will be reduced and you will feel more energized.