Do you throw away your lemon peels after using them on your food or to make lemon juice? Maybe its time to freeze them as new studies shows that lemon zest is ten times better.
It's a versatile fruit that's adds a dash of flavor to whatever food it accompanies, and provides the vitamins you need to keep you fresh and energetic for the day ahead. Lemons are used in almost every cuisine, but not many are aware of its nutrient-rich benefits. After we get the desired juice out, we toss the squeezed halves in the trash without a second thought. But what if we told you doing this wastes the most nutritious part of the fruit?
According to Healthy Holistic Living, the lemon peel is five to ten times richer in the vitamins we get from the juice of the fruit. But even when lemon zest is used in food, it is often the thin yellow layer on the outer peel that finds its way into salad dressings and dessert toppings.
A better way to make the best of all the health benefits the lemon peel has to offer is a bit unorthodox, but highly beneficial. All you need for this is a whole lemon, a fridge and a grater. A fresh organic lemon works best. Wash the fruit under running water and clean it well of any germs with baking soda or vinegar. Giving the lemons a good wash is essential to clean the surface of bacteria or toxic pesticides used on them. Once that's done toss them into the freezer and keep them overnight. Freezing the whole lemon overnight makes it easier to grate.
Once you take it out of the freezer the following day, you should grate the whole fruit while still frozen. This ensures no part of the highly underappreciated nutritious lemon is wasted. Discovering the benefits of lemon is just the tip of the iceberg, as there are several properties that make this fruit stand out.
The frozen peels are said to have essential compounds that control cholesterol levels, boosts the immune system and also keep symptoms of cancer at bay. The tangy fruit is rich in vitamins A, B6, C and E, zinc, iron, potassium, fiber, and protein as well. And if that wasn't enough, it is also rich in limonoids and flavonoids that help in strengthening cells and fight free radicals.
Joseph Michael Mercola, osteopathic physician, Chicago said "It’s probably no surprise that lemons provide a lot of vitamin C, but the amount per serving is pretty impressive at 187% of the daily value, making it a superinfection fighter. Lemons are also a good source of thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, iron, and magnesium, and are an excellent source of fiber, vitamin B6, calcium, potassium, and copper, as well as folate and potassium."
It's no surprise that lemons have powerful antibacterial, anti-microbial and antiviral properties which prevent infections from taking over the body. Apart from its numerous nutritional benefits, lemons also regulate DNA cell production, kickstarts immune system and provides relief for inflammation.
The tangy fruit also has the ability to fend off acidosis in the body, lowers stress, regulates blood pressure and treats nervous disorders and depression. They attack the unhealthy cells, leaving the healthy cells happy and functioning.
Lemons account for a distinct sharp taste and an aroma that goes well with various kinds of dishes and drinks. Now that the little known secret of how to get the best out of this fruit is out, you can find newer ways to include the flavor of the good old lemon, without compromising on its nutritious benefits.
Additionally, there's also a new theory that lemons could be used on breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. "A new study has shown for the first time how limonoids, natural compounds present in lemons and other citrus fruit, impede both ER+ and ER-breast cancer cell growth. This sheds new light on the importance of citrus fruit for breast cancer prevention and supports past studies which showed fruit consumption may lower breast cancer risk,” Mercola adds. So start freezing your lemons and reap the added benefits of its healing properties!Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.