Limes: Health Benefits, Nutritional Information
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.