Lemons: A Zesty, Healthy Fruit
Your main squeeze for potassium and the antioxidant vitamin C.
By Meredith Stanton
Reviewed by Kathleen M Zelman, MPH, RD/LD
Your taste buds may cringe if you eat lemon alone, but this zesty citrus fruit is low in calories (one medium lemon has just 17) and high in potassium -- a single lemon provides 80 milligrams of the essential mineral. Potassium is vital for maintaining the body's fluid balance, muscle function, and basic cell function.
Lemons are also an excellent source of the cancer-fighting antioxidant vitamin C, also needed for the repair and maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.
Hailing from Asia, lemons arrived in Europe and the Middle East in the third century thanks to Alexander the Great. Did you know that there are two kinds: acid (for example, Eureka) and sweet (like the prized Meyer)? Squeeze either kind over salads, steamed vegetables, and soups -- or bake them in a tart, pie, or cake.
No matter how you slice it, this golden fruit delivers powerhouse nutrients and great flavor.
Baked Lemon Pudding Cake
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members: Journal as one medium dessert
Canola cooking spray
Per serving (without strawberries): 170 calories, 5 g protein, 24 g carbohydrate, 6 g fat (3.3 g saturated fat, 2 g monounsaturated fat, 0.4 g polyunsaturated fat), 83 mg cholesterol, 0.4 g fiber, 83 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 32%.
Published June 2006.
SOURCE: Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD/LD
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