Weight loss foods should include fruits like lemons. Many of my clients who want to lose weight mistakenly assume that fruit should be banned. They know that fruit sugar, fructose, is a form of sugar and have heard that we should all be consuming less sugar. In fact, while there’s truth to the caveat, it does not apply to fruit.
According to Healthline.com, while fructose from added sugars is bad for you, fruit is not.
Here’s why lemons are good weight loss foods:
• Fruits aren’t just watery bags of fructose, they are real foods with a low calorie density and lots of fiber.
• They’re hard to overeat on and you would have to eat very large amounts to reach harmful levels of fructose.
• In general, fruit is a minor source of fructose in the diet compared to added sugars.
• The harmful effects of fructose apply to a Western diet supplying excess calories and added sugars.
• It does not apply to the natural sugars found in fruits and vegetables.
Lemons are Good Weight Loss Foods
Lemons are good weight loss foods because they are very low in calories. One lemon only has about 17 calories. Yet lemons provide many vitamins and minerals. Too bad we often use them just to make sugared lemonade in the summer. Once you add sugar, an average 8-ounce glass has about 100 calories. Snapple Lemonade has almost 200 calories.
The Fascinating History of Lemons
I bet if you know anything about lemon history, you remember that they were used as a cure for scurvy, a vitamin C deficiency, particularly for sailors and for miners searching for gold in the Gold Rush era.
These fun facts will round out your knowledge. Lemons first originated in Asia. It was the ancient Egyptians who created lemonade, which they called “qatarmizat.” The drink was so special that only the Pharaoh and royal family were allowed to partake.
Lemonade was first sold in Paris in the summer of 1630. In the U.S., California leads the nation in lemon production, followed by Arizona.
What’s So Great About Lemons?
Lemons are jam-packed with health benefits. Not only are they a low calorie, nutrient rich citrus fruit, but they’re bursting with vitamin C, an antioxidant that destroys free radicals and combats inflammation. A single lemon supplies 51% of your daily requirements of vitamin C.
What Eating Lemons Can Do For You
Lemons confer a surprising number of health benefits. Eating more citrus fruits helps lower the risk of stroke and their high concentration of vitamin C antioxidants may help combat cancer. Eating lemons will help your aging skin look younger because vitamin C helps pump out collagen. Consuming lemons will help you avoid iron deficiencies because pairing vitamin C with iron-rich foods helps our bodies absorb more iron. Finally, the high vitamin C content strengthens the immune system so you can avoid catching colds or being laid up with the flu.
How to Use Lemons as a Weight Loss Food
Here are some ways to use lemons as one of your weight loss foods. First, if you’re turned off by the sour flavor, try a Meyer lemon, which has a sweeter taste.
Use lemons more often in your home cooking:
• Squeeze them into salad dressings and add to marinades.
• Use the juice to perk up wilted salad greens.
• Cook slices on top of fish or add a squeeze to cooked fish.
• Grate the zest and add it to baked goods.
• Spritz over boring vegetables to add some zing.
• Dump lemon slices into plain water to increase your fluid intake.