The Mighty Lemon

Lemon Slices
I know it may be a little early in the year to be talking about lemons, but when I see them at the grocery store I think: SUMMER; and I want it to be here now! The last few days here in MN we've seen record-breaking low temps in the negative teens!
I've got lemons on the brain lately because we have been selling A LOT of our blueberry lemon granola! Like, copious amounts more than normal. At the kitchen we've been slicing, dehydrating and powdering lemons to the nth degree!
It got me thinking: maybe our customers are listening to their bodies; their taste buds for sure. There's something about this little yellow fruit and I think deep down we know we need it in our bodies. It turns out that we're right!
Lemons are high in Potassium and Vitamins C and B6. This is just the tip of the iceberg of benefits that lemons provide.
The following is an excerpt from the article: Lemons 101: Nutrition Facts & Health Benefits from Healthline.com

"The plant compounds in lemons and other citrus fruit may have beneficial effects on cancer, cardiovascular disease, and inflammation (8Trusted Source9Trusted Source10Trusted Source).

These are the main plant compounds in lemons:

  • Citric acid. The most abundant organic acid in lemons, citric acid may help prevent the formation of kidney stones.
  • Hesperidin. This antioxidant may strengthen your blood vessels and prevent atherosclerosis — the buildup of fatty deposits (plaque) inside your arteries (1112).
  • Diosmin. An antioxidant used in some drugs that affect the circulatory system, diosmin improves muscle tone and reduces chronic inflammation in your blood vessels (13).
  • Eriocitrin. This antioxidant is found in lemon peel and juice (1314Trusted Source).
  • D-limonene. Found primarily in the peel, d-limonene is the main component of lemon essential oils and responsible lemons’ distinct aroma. In isolation, it can relieve heartburn and stomach reflux (15Trusted Source).

Many of the plant compounds in lemons are not found in high amounts in lemon juice, so it is recommended to eat the whole fruit — excluding the peel — for maximum benefit (1617Trusted Source)."

 

Ok, then I got curious. Why not the peel? So I googled, "is lemon peel bad for you?" Here's what I found. According to Healthline.com, here, it says:

 

"Although lemon peel normally gets thrown away, research shows that it possesses numerous health benefits. Its fiber, vitamin, and antioxidant contents may support oral, immune, and heart health. It may even have several anticancer properties. and The next time your recipe calls for this ubiquitous citrus fruit, hold onto the peel and put it to use."

 

That says it all right there. The above statements have been our reasoning from day one for including the entire lemon in our lemon powder, and not just the juice. I can't think of many enjoyable ways to consume whole lemons otherwise. I'm glad that we have been able to take the guess-work out for our customers.

 

And hey, maybe a handful of Coco, Bee & Nut: Blueberry Lemon is enough to transport us to summer....for the moment.


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