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Calories In Fresh Lime And Lime Juice

Lime is one of the most common citrus fruits (it is actually a berry) in the world. It is used in different types of food, from drinks and beverages to sweets and other daily cooking items. There are many different varieties of lime like the kaffir lime, Mexican lime, and sweet lime. The nutrition content in each variety varies, but in general, a 2-inch fruit contains about 20 calories. However, it is lime juice that is consumed most often.
One fruit contains approximately 10 calories.

A single wedge of lime that weighs about 5 grams has just about 1 calorie. 1 fl oz has about 8 calories.

Lime is free of cholesterol and low in saturated fats and sodium. It contains high levels of citric acid, vitamin C, iron, dietary fibers, calcium and traces of phosphorus. It also has a high percentage of natural fibers.

Lime juice has many health benefits. The most advantageous benefit is its ability to prevent scurvy owing to its high vitamin C content. This is why it is common it was very common to find lime on any ship sailing the high seas. Lime helps prevent digestive disorders and eases problems like acidity and indigestion. When taken in the morning with a glass of warm water, it helps fight constipation.

Lime juice has been known to help people trying to lose weight. Fresh lime juice mixed with warm water and honey, consumed in the mornings on an empty stomach, helps in shedding those extra kilos.

The effects of greasy, acidic foods can be counteracted using lime, thus fighting peptic ulcers. Lime juice is also used as an effective treatment for tonsillitis; it should be mixed with honey and table salt and slowly sipped. It also helps keep the eyes healthy.

It is important not to consume too much lime juice. The alkaline properties of lime neutralize and precipitate free uric acid. This could cause the formation of renal calculi. Sucking on fresh lime regularly is harmful to the teeth as well because it erodes the enamel, rendering the teeth too sensitive. Excessive consumption of lime has also been known to weaken digestion and affect the blood stream.

Lime can be consumed in a number of different ways, thought it is mostly used as an additive. It can be used to make juice, or is added into the juices of other fruit to enhance taste. It is also added in other preparations to enhance flavor. Lime juice can be made using water or soda, and mixed with salt, sugar, or honey. This drink gives an instant refreshing boost of energy.
Submitted on January 16, 2014