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Lime Nutrition Facts

Limes are often mistaken for lemons, and although they may have a similar acidic, zesty taste they are their own fruit and not mere miniature lemons.

Limes are great for adding a zingy flavour to a wide variety of foods. They make great flavour enhancers to chicken, vegetables, fish and meat. Limes or limejuice can also be used to flavour teas, water and other beverages. Limes are often found in baked goods, the most common being Key Lime Pie.

A lime is often green, resembling a miniature lemon, however, if left on the tree, limes can also turn yellow. They are part of the citrus fruits and, just like their cousins lemons and oranges, limes are a good source of vitamin C. Limes also contain flavonoids (flavonol glycosides), which have been shown to stop the development of cancer cell lines.

A typical lime, weighing roughly 67 grams, contains about 20 calories. Of those calories, 7 grams count for the carbohydrate content. A lime contains zero fat, zero cholesterol and zero protein content. Roughly 1 milligram of sodium is found in a typical lime and only 1 gram of sugars is present.

One medium lime contains 32% of the RDA of vitamin C, 1 percent vitamin A, 2 percent calcium and 2 percent iron.

Author: Dimi Ingle
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