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Are Lemons Bad For You?



Short answer

Lemons are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are not bad for you unless overconsumed.



Long answer

Admit it, it’s definitely an acquired taste that many of us love to hate. It’s possible you remember the first time you were exposed to the taste of lemons, it seems to have become a comical tradition among parents to expose their children at an early age to the sour, citrusy juice from this fruit just to see the reaction on their faces.

Not only are lemons considered the opposite of bad for you, they contain phytochemical extracts that have strong antioxidants that work to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

Further, lemons are an exceptional source of the vitamin C, a vital nutrient used to build up the immune system, promote bone strength and deter illness. As the matter of fact, consuming just one lemon will provide you over 100 percent of your daily intake of vitamin C.

Although the health benefits of lemons seem to outweigh any side effects, the only potential drawback in regard to consuming lemons corresponds to their high citric acid content. Some studies have indicated that lemon juice can damage, or even destroy tooth enamel and irritate the stomach lining.

Possible short-term side effects

  • heartburn
  • frequent urination
  • nausea
  • vomiting

Possible long-term side effects

  • tooth decay

Ingredients to be aware of

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  • wrinkle prevention
  • digestive aid
  • pain reliever
  • anti-inflammatory
  • great source of potassium
  • great source of vitamin c
  • great source of pectin fiber

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Written by Healthy Living 35 | 12-29-2015

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