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Calories In Lemon

Lemon is the most widely used of citrus fruits all around the world. This juicy fruits has an acidic flavor and it is packed with a number of nutrients and heath benefiting properties. Lemons are also low in calories and contain no cholesterol or saturated fats. In fact with only 29 calories in 100 grams of lemons, they are a valuable addition to any weight loss diet.

The nutrients in lemons include citric acid and almost 7% of the recommended daily allowance of dietary fiber. Citric acid acts as a natural preservative and helps remedy digestive problems and conditions such as kidney stones.

Lemons are also an excellent source of ascorbic acids or vitamin C. Eating vitamin C-rich foods such as lemons helps prevent a number of infections and diseases. Vitamin C boosts immunity and helps the body fight the negative effects of harmful free radicals. Lemons contain several different types of phytochemicals as well as a small amount of vitamin A that work as natural antioxidants in the body. Consuming fruits such as lemons that are rich in flavonoids can protect the body from certain types of cancers. Along with these nutrients, lemons also contain a healthy amount of important minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium, and copper.

Calories In 1 Lemon

Without the peel, a single lemon contains about 24 calories. Protein content in a lemon is about 0.92 grams and dietary fiber is about 2.4 grams.

Potassium - 116 mg
Phosphorus - 13 mg
Magnesium - 7 mg
Calcium - 22 mg
Sodium - 2 mg
Iron - 0.5 mg
Selenium 0.3 mcg
Manganese - 0.025 mg
Copper - 0.031 mg
Zinc - 0.05 mg

Calories In Lemon Pie

Lemon pie is a popular dessert consisting of a buttery pastry and a lemon cream or lemon curd filling. The rich ingredients add to the overall calorie content, making the pie unsuitable for those on a low-fat, low-sugar diet. However, the lemon juice in lemon pie prevents it from being a total waste of calories, providing you with some amount of calcium, vitamins, and health giving nutrients. There are approximately 404 calories in one lemon pie serving (pie size of 5 x 3 inches). The breakup of lemon pie nutrition facts is:

Total Carbohydrate 54.53 g
Total Fat 20.61 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 479 mg
Dietary Fiber 3.3g
Protein 3.84 g

Calories In Lemon Tart

An average serving of 50 grams or one slice of lemon tart has the following nutritional composition:

Calories 200
Total Fat 13.3 g
Total Carbohydrate 17 g
Sugars 8 g
Protein 2.6 g

Side Effects Of Lemon

The sour taste and acidic flavor of fresh lemons and lemon juice can sometimes aggravate conditions such as ulcers or cuts in the mouth, lips, and tongue. Consuming too much lemon can give rise to stomach ulcers and acid-peptic disease. Research on other side effects of lemon shows that, people who suffer from kidney or gallbladder problems should avoid eating lemon peels. This is because lemon peels contain oxalates that can crystallize in the body and interfere with the absorption of calcium. There is also the problem of the wax used on commercially grown lemons. This wax contains ethanol and milk casein, which are linked to food allergies. This is why it is better to consume organically grown lemons that are left untreated and pesticide free.

Tips On Lemon Intake

The recommended quantity of lemon intake is one medium lemon or a half-cup serving. Lemons peak from April through to August, although they are available throughout the year.

When buying lemons, look for fruit that is plump and firm to touch. Good quality lemons are those that are heavy for their size, are bright yellow in color and release a flavorful citrus aroma if you scratch their skin. If the lemon looks green or spotted or is soft and spongy, it should be avoided.

Store your lemons in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. They will stay fresh for about four week. If you keep them at room temperature, lemons will stay fresh for about a week. Alternatively, you can squeeze the lemons for juice and store the juice in the freezer for up to a week. Grated lemon zest should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place to keep them fresh.

Healthy Ways To Consume Lemon

Always scrub lemons well before using, to get rid of any wax or pesticides. Use lemons in the form of juice, zest, in salads and salad dressings, as an ingredient in sauces, cakes, cookies, pies, marinades, tea, pickles, preserved and as a garnish.

Submitted on January 16, 2014