LEMONS

LEMONS

BENEFITS

  • An excellent source of vitamin C.
  • May relieve dry mouth.

DRAWBACKS

  • The peel contains an irritating oil.
  • May be sprayed with a fungicide.

Ideal for flavoring everything from fish to vegetables to tea, leamons are one of the most widely used of all citrus fruits, Sweetened, diluted, and chilled, fresh lemon juice is  an old fashioned summer thirst quencher. It's also an excellent source of vitamin C, one cup of lemon juice has about 55 mg of vitamin C, or more than 70 percent of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for adult women. To get the most juice, place a lemon in warm water before squeezing.

Many recipes call for fresh lemon zest, which is the greated outer peel. The zest is rich in an antioxidant chemial called rutin, which helps strengthen the walls of veins and capillaries. Because lemons are often sprayed with fungicides to retard mold growth and pesticides to kill insects, wash them thoroughly before granting the peel. Select lemons that have not been waxed ( wax may seal in fungicides). Lemon peels contain limonene, an oil that can irritate the skin in susceptible persons, Limonene is being studied for its antitumor activity and may prove useful against breast cancer.

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