Lime is sometimes mistaken for lemon and occasionally used for the same culinary or healing purposes. Due to their similar constitution — in spite of their difference in skin color — both fruits appear to be from the same family. After I published the post on lemon last month, some readers asked if lemons were that much different from limes nutritionally. Because noblesse oblige, it is my honor to elaborate on the matter below.
Lime trees thrive in warm and sunny, tropical to subtropical-types of climates whereas lemon trees do best in cooler regions. Ripe limes are green and ripe lemons yellow. In a culinary sense, both lime and lemon can serve as useful substitutes for each other. Both fruits are equally detoxifying.
From a medicinal point of view, lime can do much more than just serve as garnishing for seafood. In herbalism and aromatherapy, lime is known to have mighty healing properties, especially in the areas of weight control.
From a nutritional perspective, limes feature benefits similar to lemons but the main difference between the two fruits is that limes appear to contain approximately 58% less vitamin C and almost 53% less potassium than lemons. The taste and scent of lime slightly vary from that of lemon.
Nutrition facts about lime:
Fiber: 2.8 gr
Sugar: 1.7 gr
Carbohydrates: 10.5 gr
Calories: 126 kj
Vitamin C: 29 mg
Lime also touts decent levels of Vitamin A, Vitamin K, folate, terpenes, bioflavonoids, and enzymes, among several other beneficial nutrients. As an antioxidant, lime protects bodily cells from free-radical damage, particularly the type caused by ingesting fried foods, processed foods, and toxic foods that cause excessive weight gain.
When taken regularly in the form of juice, tea, or infused water, lime can yield appreciable results with weight reduction, especially if a person ingests lime beverages consistently. Additionally, lime contributes to repairing and/or strengthening the immune system, a necessity for overweight and obese people.
Sri Regine Lherisson-Bey :: Wellness broadcast on A1590 Radio. Scotch Plains, NJ 1995.
Sri Regine Lherisson-Bey, Ph.D. and doctorate degree candidate in Natural Medicine, is a Mind-Body Therapist, Wellness Coach, and published Author voted Wellness Expert by peer consensus in 2005. Therapist Lherisson-Bey is the author of the Kindle bestseller HOW TO DETOXIFY YOUR LIFE NATURALLY as well as the weight management program GET SLIM EFFORTLESSLY. From an original CD, the publication has evolved into an instructional picture book, an eBook, and an effective weight management program. Therapist Lherisson-Bey’s works have been featured on TV, radio, and in several magazines in the past 30 years.
In my books HOW TO DETOXIFY YOUR LIFE NATURALLY and GET SLIM EFFORTLESSLY, I provide valuable information on sensible nutrition, preventative health, as well as awareness of natural remedies for the wellness of body and mind.
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