The lemon and lime are siblings and we tend to use them in very similar ways. But have you ever wondered what the real difference is between them is or which of these two delicious and vibrant fruits hold more nutritional value for our bodies? One of my dear friends asked me which has more health benefits and I’m sure many people wonder the same thing. So here it is for you…
Citrus fruits are most commonly known for their vitamin C content and lemon still holds the title over lime for most vitamin C although it is only 1 gram difference! The only other nutrient that lemon has more of is glucose, which is super important for brain energy, but lime wins the race in most other nutrients even if it’s only by a couple of milligrams such as magnesium, calcium, and sodium.
The stand-out nutrients that are significantly higher in limes are discussed below:
Lime contains more than 1.5 times more fibre than lemon. Fibre is super important for digestive and bowel health and also helps to control and lower cholesterol in the body by attaching to cholesterol and eliminating it from the body.
Lime has 30 mg more potassium than lemons. Potassium works alongside sodium and affects many functions of the body. It is important for maintaining electrolyte balance in the body and is crucial for muscle contraction.
Lime has three times more beta-carotene than lemons! Beta-carotene is the precursor to vitamin A found in plants. In the body some beta-carotene is converted to active vitamin A and some of it acts as an antioxidant to help protect the body from disease. Vitamin A promotes healthy vision, healthy skin and supports reproduction and growth.
I think we can agree that both fruits have that amazing, tangy, deliciousness that we just can’t resist and both have great health benefits for our bodies. Although lemon has slightly more vitamin C and glucose, limes provide slightly more energy and have a higher content of most nutrients. So which one will you choose next next time you do your groceries? I say get both!!