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Lemons

Background

Lemons, scientifically known as citrus lemon, were first developed as a cross between a lime and the citron. They are thought to be native to China and India, but the major producers of lemons today are United States, Italy, Spain, Greece, Israel and Turkey. Although lemons are not usually consumed on their own due to their tart and acidic properties, lemon juice is widely used to bring flavor to other foods. This versatile fruit is truly underestimated, as it brings health benefits along with its zesty flavor!

 

Benefits

  • Good source of vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that helps fight inflammation and protect your cells from environmental damage (smoking and pollution).
  • Vitamin C also promotes the production of collagen, which can lead to healthy, youthful looking skin!
  • Lemons are great for digestive problems and constipation, as they can stimulate bile secretion and stomach acid production.
  • Caught a nasty cold? Lemons may help as they are antibacterial, and the vitamin C can also help to improve immune function. Warm lemon water can help soothe sore throats.
  • Good source of potassium – may prevent kidney stones and can be used as a cleansing treatment to break them down.
  • Lastly, lemons are a source of lutein and zeaxanthin- carotenoids which have been shown to contribute to healthy eyes and vision.

 

Did You Know

Lemons produce the most juice at room temperature! They will remain fresh when stored at room temperature and are not stored in direct sunlight. To find a good quality lemon, avoid those that are thick skinned, as they tend to be less juicy. Try starting your day off right with a zest of lemon in hot water, or use it in your water after your workout for a refreshing change.

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