Lemons are a popular fruit that people use in small quantities to add flavor to food. However, they rarely consume them alone due to their intense, sour taste.
Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C and flavonoids, which are antioxidants.
Antioxidants help remove free radicals that can damage cells from the body.
These nutrients can help prevent diseases and boost health and wellbeing.
One lemon weighing 58 grams (g) contains:
- energy: 16.8 calories (kcal)
- carbohydrates: 5.41 g, of which 1.45 g are sugars
- calcium 15.1 milligrams (mg)
- iron: 0.35 mg
- magnesium: 4.6 mg
- phosphorus: 9.3 mg
- potassium: 80 mg
- selenium: 0.2 micrograms (mcg)
- vitamin C: 30.7 mg
- folate: 6.4 mcg
- choline: 3.0 mg
- vitamin A: 0.6 mcg
- lutein + zeaxanthin: 6.4 mcg
Current dietary guidelines recommend an intake of 75 mg of vitamin C per day for women aged 19 years and older and 90 mg per day for men.
Smokers need 35 mg per day more than nonsmokers.
Lemons also contain small amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, pantothenic acid, copper, and manganese.
Content Courtesy - Medical News Today