Limes are little green lemons, sweeter and more flavorful than their yellow sisters. There are several species, with the most popular variety known as the “Persian lime”, cultivated on a much larger scale.
They are high in antioxidants, potassium, and other nutrients, such as thiamin, vitamin B6, calcium, phosphorus, copper, vitamins A, C and D, iron, dietary fiber, as well as moderate amounts of riboflavin, magnesium, phosphorus, folic acid, niacin, and magnesium.
Citrus peels are also extremely rich in vitamin C, the antioxidant that stimulates immunity, calcium, and bioflavonoids with an anti-inflammatory role. The lime peel has a special, exotic flavor.
Vitamin C (mg/32%):
Scor ORAC**/100 g : 823
Did you know that...
consuming lime can help prevent asthma; studies found that people with asthma were deficient in vitamin C.
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One study found that regular intake of citrus fruits can reduce the risk of stroke by up to 19%.
*NUTRITION DATA SOURCE: https://www.nutritionvalue.org
**Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity according to USDA = This index measures the antioxidant capacity of the fruit. High values imply a strong antioxidant capacity, which, in turn suggests a low oxidation process, essential in protecting the body against the negative effects of free radicals. The FDA recommends a daily intake of 3,000-5,000 ORAC units for optimal health.