All the Colors of the Rainbow – Lemons

Meyer_LemonThis post is part of a new series for Bekah’s Bites. We will be sharing nutrition tips about colorful fruits and vegetables. Think about rainbow colors when you choose your produce because those bright shades not only mean better flavor, it means they contain healthy nutrients.

Lemons

Aside from making your water taste wonderful, lemons can be used in so many different ways to improve your health and well-being. This bright, yellow fruit is quite a chameleon in the culinary world as it shows up as a condiment and flavor enhancer (think grilled salmon!), in main dishes (Chicken Piccata) and most notably in desserts (lemon meringue pie). Not only do lemons play well with all types of fruits, vegetables and meats but they aid in digestion. So eat lemons any way you like!

Lemons_(5216703003)Lemons are thought to have had their start in India but this exceptional fruit soon made its way to Europe by way of Italy (lemon gelato, anyone?) in the mid-15th century. Italian explorer, Christopher Columbus brought lemon seeds to the Americas and the fruit became widely farmed in Florida and California by the 19th century.

This bright, flavorful fruit contains not only high levels of Vitamin C but also pectin (most famous for making jellies gel) which is a good source of fiber. By acting as a digestive aid, pectin slows the rate of sugar absorption therefore blood sugar is more stable and this may help with weight loss. Lemons have additional nutrients including potassium, B vitamins and calcium and other benefits include:

  • Detoxifying the liver and kidneys by flushing stored water (no more bloat!)
  • Lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure
  • Improving skin health
  • Boosting mood and increasing concentration (try lemon-scented oils!)
  • Aiding in iron absorption

5483243968_d186fb1af7_bSuch a small fruit packs such a large amount of nutrients and with all those great qualities – lemons should be part of your daily diet. Jumpstart your day and your digestion with lemon juice in your water then check back here for this week’s Easy Friday Lunch which will include a burst of flavor from your new favorite fruit!

Resources:

https://draxe.com/benefits-of-lemon-water/

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/16-benefits-lemon-you-may-not-know-about.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemon

https://authoritynutrition.com/foods/lemons/

https://draxe.com/pectin/

Cooking tip

Add lemon to your water to boost your Vitamin C which will help inflammation, aid in digestion and add energy. It also makes the water taste wonderful – so you’ll drink more of it! Add some ice and lemon slices and you have a spa treatment in a glass.


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