The lemon has been of humanities history for a long time, well over 2000 years. Many researchers think that the lemon originates from Asia where it was cross-pollinated between the lime and citron. The popularity of this fruit was due to its health benefits and its unique taste. It was introduced to Europe through trade which eventually reached the rest of the world when European explorers entered the New World. By the 18th century it was a proven source of scurvy prevention which further increased its usage by sailors and miners.
In ancient times many actually ate the fruit whole leading to full nutrient retention and now in our modern age the lemon is popular as juice or seasoning however its nutrients are still present even when losing a good chunk of its guts. 100 grams of lemon has 29 calories, 0.3 grams of fat, 3 grams of dietary fiber (over 10% of the recommended DV), 3 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein, and an excellent source of Vitamin C (well over 80% of the recommended DV).
- The Lemon’s high content of vitamin C has helped numerous people treat scurvy (caused by low vitamin c intake) however the benefits don’t stop there. It gives the fruit antioxidant properties that helps reduce damage and mutations caused by free radicals. It helps reduce the occurrence of cardiovascular disease by preventing plaque buildup. Also a great way to boost your body’s immune system helping the fight against infections such as the flu, colds, and recently in West Africa lemon juice has been added into the diets of the locals to protect them from cholera.
- Alongside the lemon’s fiber content it has a plethora of flavonoids that give the lemon digestive support and anti-inflammatory properties. Helps regulate bowel movements flushing out waste that may cause digestive disorders such as constipation or diarrhea. Regulates blood sugar levels making it highly recommended for diabetic care. It even has anti-inflammatory properties that protect the body from arthritis and polyarthritis.
Lemon proves to be a valuable source for anyone living with diabetes or seeking a healthier way of life. It provides incredible nutrients and alleviates many common problems that we highly recommend adding this sour fruit into your diet. As always please eat in moderation and contact a nutritionist for more information.