About Sweet Limes - A Sweet Surprise
A very sweet surprise that looks like a lemon but is a whole different story!
Limes first originated in the Southeast Asia and from there the Arabs brought it back during the 10th century from their journey and introduced them to northern Africa Egypt, and were spread throughout southern Europe during the crusades.
Sweet limes flourish in tropical and subtropical climates and are grown on trees. They are small citrus fruits that have a round ovalish shape and are usually green in color. Limes are similar to lemons in appearance but have a rather sweeter orange like taste than a citric acid content.
The leading producers of sweet limes are Mexico, Brazil and the United States.
Sweet Limes Nutritional Information
Sweet limes are extremely rich in Vitamin C, and can introduce 43 calories into your diet. They contain only 0.3 g of fat, 9.3 g of carbohydrates in one serving, 0.8 g of protein; they also contain Fiber, Magnesium, Calcium and Zinc. They are low in Calories which make them perfect for a low fat diet.
Health Benefits of Sweet Lime
Sweet limes are not just sweet for your taste buds but are also sweet for your health! This small lime can do wonders for your health; here are some of the highlights
Stimulates Digestive Health
Sweet limes contain a generous amount of Flavanoids that aid the stimulation of the digestive system as well as increasing the digestive juices, acids and bile. Sweet lime helps in the neutralization of the acidic digestive juices, and flushes out toxins from the Excretory System. Sweet lime also contains a significant amount of Dietary Fiber, which helps the roughage act like a purgative treatment for those suffering with constipation. The substances in lime also work on Peristaltic motion. So now it’s time to add some sweet limes to your meals. Sweet lime also helps with feelings of Diarrhea, Nausea, and Vomiting.
Sweet limes contain oil extracts that have Anti Congestive properties which are used in several types of vaporizers and balms. Therefore, eating sweet limes will keep you in the clear.
Rich in Antioxidants
Limes have a high abundance of vitamin C that is one of the most important Antioxidants. Vitamin C helps neutralize Free Radicals in our bodies that can interfere with the healthy cells of our body, causing painful Swelling, Inflammation and damaging of the Membrane. As a result, Vitamin C has shown to be helpful in reducing the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Antioxidants such as Vitamin C has also been associated with a reduced risk of strokes, cancer and heath disease.
Sweet limes also contain Flavanoids that contain Antioxidant properties that stop Cell Division of Cancer Cell lines and also have amazing Antibiotic properties.
Sweet limes have the presence of Liminoids that are attached to a sugar molecule called Glucose that our bodies can digest easily without the Glucose (sugar) and releasing the Limonin. Liminoids then help our bodies fight different types of Cancers such as that of the mouth, skin, stomach, breasts, lungs and colon.
Protection against Rheumatoid Arthritis
Lemon and limes are rich in Vitamin C that enable prevention and protection against inflammatory ‘Polyarthritis- that is, a form of Rheumatoid Arthritis that involves two or more joints.
Good for Weight Loss!
Weight loss is an endless battle that most of us grow frustrated of and just feel like giving up altogether. However, here is something that will relieve you of this horrible feeling and those extra pounds!
It is believed that if for every morning before eating anything, you squeeze out some fresh sweet lime in luke warm water, add honey and drink, you will see significant weight loss. Of course, acidity may be a side affect (in addition to others), it would be wise to consult a dietician before you do any such thing.
Good for Your Skin!
Sweet lime juice includes bleaching and mild cleansing agents that can help get rid of acne and blemishes, and result in radiant and smooth skin.
Sweet lime also reduces insect bite pains, and lighten the skin were there are skin pigmentations like on the elbows, armpits, and knees.
How to Enjoy Sweet Lime
The best way to enjoy sweet limes is to have it in a juice form! So put down your carbonated drink and enjoy this refreshingly healthy juice. Have it with your morning breakfast - it will help you get alert and refreshed.
Sweet limes can also be boiled and added into your meals. It is especially helpful for those who are watching out for salt as this will add a tartness that can be a great substitute for salt.
Possible Health Concerns
Individuals with gallbladder or kidney problems should avoid sweet limes as they contain measurable amounts of Oxalates in them that crystallize when they become too concentrated in the body. They may also interfere with the absorption of Calcium in our body.