Lemons and limes are among the most popular citrus fruits in the world.
Although they have a lot in common, they are also very different.
This video discusses the similarities and differences between lemons and limes, and also their health benefits. Lemons and limes have a long historical event of use in traditional medicine. Each contains antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals and offers a variety of health benefits. People also claim the health benefits of lemon water and the potential benefits of consuming lime juice. Lemons and limes have several health benefits as they share the following characteristics.
1. Lemons and limes are rich in vitamin C.
A key antioxidant that protects cells from damage.
Vitamin C also helps the body to absorb iron from food and strengthens the immune system. The body also uses vitamin C in the production of collagen, an important wound-healing substance.
2. They contain Antioxidants.
With vitamin C, lemons and limes also contain other antioxidants.
Antioxidants protect the body from cell damage, which seems to play a role in a variety of chronic health diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and dementia.
It is possible that antioxidants also help in preventing the development of these conditions. Although, research is ongoing in this regard.
3. They can help in weight loss
Overtime some sources claim that consumption of lemon or lemon-based products may help you lose weight. For instance, lemon water is a mix of fresh lemon juice and water and is part of some weight-loss diets.
Although, there is currently no scientific evidence that lemon or a lemon product can lead to weight loss than one that promotes proper hydration. Lemons can be part of a healthy diet that ultimately leads to weight loss, However, this is probably due to lower calorie intake, regular exercise, and other major lifestyle improvements.
4. Contains flavonoids
Lemons and limes contain flavonoids. Flavonoids are phytochemicals that can have various health benefits, for example. As heart disease and metabolic disorders. Animal and cell studies have shown that flavonoids have anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, carcinogenic and neuroprotective properties. However, further research is needed to understand the effects on humans.
A study on flavonoids is still in its infancy, but the first results are promising.
5. Boosts Immune System Both lemons and limes are loaded with Vitamin C, a strong immune booster. The body needs to consume vitamin C, as it can’t produce it on its own. Vitamin C helps the immune system by attacking the nucleic acid of virus cells and eradicating bacteria.
Research in 2009 showed that vitamin C helps in lowering the duration of the common cold.
6. Helps Relieve Constipation
The citric acid in lemons and limes facilitates digestion as it interacts with other enzymes and acids that stimulate the secretion of gastric juice and promote digestion.
Lemon essential oil is slightly different from lemon juice. Its a much more concentrated version that has long been offered as alternative medicine, especially for the treatment of digestion and constipation.
Different Taste And Appearance
Although lemons and limes have many similarities, they also show different distinct.
One of the most obvious differences between lemons and limes is perhaps their appearance.
Lemons are usually sparkling yellow, while limes have a light green color. Although, some limes will turn yellow over time as they ripen, making it difficult to distinguish.
Limes are also smaller and rounder than lemons. They can be different in size, but usually, have a diameter of 3 to 6 centimeters. In comparison, lemons generally have a diameter of 7 to 12 centimeters and a more oval or oblong shape.
Differences In Taste
In terms of taste, these two citrus fruits are similar. Limes are sometimes described as more acidic than lemons, but their bitterness may be more related. This perception also varies according to your taste.
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Lemons tend to have higher sugar content, which usually gives it a sweeter flavor, whereas limes are sour.
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