Many of us just think of lemons as a sour fruit to twist in your water or a great start to a tart, tasty dessert, but lemons provide a few health benefits, too. They contain flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties and are high in citric acid, a compound that’s known to help fight kidney stones. High in vitamin C, 1 lemon provides 36% of your recommended daily amount, and it’s also a good source of potassium. That vitamin C supports your immune system and helps you fight colds and stay healthy. It’s the perfect addition to hot tea, hot soup, or a twist in a drink when you’re thirsty.
The rind also provides pectin, a prebiotic that feeds good gut bacteria and it’s said that it can slow digestion and help you feel fuller, longer. You can add rind to a marinade, to baked goods like muffins or coffee cakes and to salad dressings. So, if you have a recipe that includes lemon rind you’re getting a little extra hit of pectin that aids in digestion.
One of the most common uses for lemons, lemon water, is a surprisingly effective way to stay hydrated and maintain a healthy ph balance. Starting the day off with a glass of lemon water “wakes up” your metabolism and rehydrates you after a long sleep. It’s great to drink later in the day because it acts as a diuretic and helps flush out toxins and keeps you from feeling bloated.
Of course, one of the best ways to enjoy lemons is in your favorite recipes. The acid flavor enhances sweet and salty tones and makes a great addition to marinades for meats and fish. When added to dressings, they are delicious on tossed salads, marinated veggie salads, and pasta salads. Just give your next pasta dish a twist and you’ll be hooked!
Great recipes for lemon lovers!