Limes: Health Ben­e­fits, Nu­tri­tional In­for­ma­tion

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LIMES are a cit­rus fruit of­ten used to ac­cent fla­vors in foods and are a com­mon in­gre­di­ent in Mex­i­can, Viet­namese and Thai cui­sine. They are grown year-round in trop­i­cal cli­mates and are usu­ally smaller and less sour than lemons. The Tahi­tian lime, also called the Per­sian lime, is the va­ri­ety most com­monly used in cook­ing. Key limes are smaller, rounder and more acidic than Tahi­tian limes and are used in the clas­sic dessert Key Lime pie.

It is a mis­con­cep­tion that key limes are grown in Key West, FL. They are pri­mar­ily grown in sub­trop­i­cal cli­mates such as Mex­ico, In­dia and Egypt.1 This MNT Knowl­edge Cen­ter fea­ture is part of a col­lec­tion of ar­ti­cles on the health ben­e­fits of pop­u­lar foods. It pro­vides a nu­tri­tional break­down of limes and an in-depth look at its pos­si­ble health ben­e­fits, how to in­cor­po­rate more limes into your diet and any po­ten­tial health risks of con­sum­ing limes.

Ac­cord­ing to the US De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture Na­tional Nu­tri­ent Data­base, the juice of one lime (ap­prox­i­mately 44 grams) con­tains 11 calo­ries, 4 grams of car­bo­hy­drate (in­clud­ing 1 gram of su­gar and 0 grams of fiber) and 0 grams of pro­tein as well as 22% of the daily rec­om­mended amount of vi­ta­min C. One tea­spoon of lime zest (ap­prox­i­mately 1 gram) con­tains 1 calo­rie and 4% of rec­om­mended vi­ta­min C.

Con­sum­ing fruits and veg­eta­bles of all kinds has long been as­so­ci­ated with a re­duced risk of many lifestyle-re­lated health con­di­tions. Many stud­ies have sug­gested that in­creas­ing con­sump­tion of plant foods like limes de­creases the risk of obe­sity, di­a­betes, heart dis­ease and over­all mor­tal­ity while pro­mot­ing a healthy com­plex­ion and hair, in­creased en­ergy and over­all lower weight. Vi­ta­min C has been shown to re­duce all-cause mor­tal­ity.2 Limes are a very con­cen­trated source of vi­ta­min C, a well-known an­tiox­i­dant.

In a study pub­lished by the ARYA Ath­er­o­scle­ro­sis jour­nal, lime juice and peel was shown to de­crease fatty streaks found in coro­nary ar­ter­ies, which are in­di­ca­tors of plaque buildup and sub­se­quently car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease.3 A dif­fer­ent study showed that low vi­ta­min C lev­els are as­so­ci­ated with in­creased risk of stroke.4 Lime juice has an­tibac­te­rial and an­ti­fun­gal prop­er­ties.5 A study pub­lished by Trop­i­cal Medicine & In­ter­na­tional Health showed that lime juice in­hib­ited the growth of Vib­rio cholerae specif­i­cally.6 The risks for de­vel­op­ing asthma are lower in peo­ple who con­sume a high amount of cer­tain nu­tri­ents. One of these nu­tri­ents is vi­ta­min C, found in many fruits and veg­eta­bles in­clud­ing limes. IS­LAM­ABAD—Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Mal­dives Azleen Ahmed on Thurs­day said that his coun­try sought as­sis­tance from Pakistan in the fields of medicine and engi­neer­ing, as the coun­try seems to be ex­celling in these ar­eas all over the world. He was on of­fi­cial visit to Pakistan with a del­e­ga­tion and met with Min­is­ter of State for Fed­eral Ed­u­ca­tion, Engr Muham­mad Ba­ligh Ur Rehman here Thurs­day.

The min­is­ter wel­comed the del­e­ga­tion and told about the ed­u­ca­tion sce­nario in Pakistan and the run­ning projects of Min­istry of Fed­eral Ed­uca- tion and Pro­fes­sional Train­ing for the pro­mo­tion of ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try. He also dis­cussed with the del­e­ga­tion the role of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion, TVET Pol­icy, Min­i­mum Stan­dards of Ed­u­ca­tion, Cur­ricu­lum de­vel­op­ment, and de­ter­mi­na­tion of the gov­ern­ment to ful­fill the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals 4. Ba­ligh told them about the in­crease in lit­er­acy and en­roll­ment rates, de­crease in dropout rate, and in­crease in pro­vin­cial ed­u­ca­tion bud­gets over the pe­riod of two years.

“We would love to as­sist, fa­cil­i­tate and to col­lab­o­rate with our Mal­di­vians friends”, said the min­is­ter.

Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Azleen Ahmed said that the Gov­ern­ment of Pakistan al­ways sup­ported Mal­dives in one way or the other, there­fore re­la­tion­ship be­tween these two coun­tries are very dif­fer­ent from other coun­tries. “We are brothers, we will al­ways be there for Pakistan when­ever our sup­port is re­quired by them”, said Azleen Ahmed.

He added that Pres­i­dent of Mal­dives has al­ready ex­tended an in­vi­ta­tion to Prime Min­is­ter of Pakistan to visit Mal­dives.

Deputy Min­is­ter said “Our visit has been amaz­ing and we are re­ally im­pressed by the stan­dard of ed­u­ca­tion in Pakistan.” It is per­ti­nent to note that an MoU has also been signed be­tween Mal­dives Na­tional Uni­ver­sity and the COMSATS for joint ed­u­ca­tion and re­search col­lab­o­ra­tion.

He said “We be­lieve that Pakistan would be­come one of the safest coun­tries in the world very soon by the grace of Al­lah”. The meet­ing was at­tended by the Fed­eral Sec­re­tary Hu­manyun Khan, Joint Ed­u­ca­tion Ad­vi­sor rafiq Tahir, Direc­tor Gen­eral Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Mal­dives Fa­ti­math Amira, Dr. Latheef Chan­cel­lor Na­tional Uni­ver­sity Mal­dives, Dr. Fawaz Vice Chan­cel­lor Mal­dives Na­tional Uni­ver­sity, and Dr. S.M. Ju­naid Zaidi Rec­tor COMSATS, and other of­fi­cials.

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