Lemons Or Limes?

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April 3, 2016 by Living Girl Living Foods

Which has more benefits?

Does one have less seeds than the other?

Is one less acidic than the other?

Are lemons or limes healthier?

If you have ever wonder the difference between lemons and limes but shrugged it off, you have all the right to wonder. There is a difference between the two. Completely depending on the state of your body will depend on which is a better match for you.

In Ayurvedic medicine, limes are preferred since they are slightly less acidic and have a more cooling effect on the body because of this. Both have more acid than oranges and grapefruits.

Other than higher levels of calcium and phosphorous in lime juice there’s very little difference between the two. A benefit of limes that does not receive enough hype is they contain flavonoids called flavonol glycosides. While these flavonoids have been shown to stop cell division in many cancer cell lines, they are perhaps most interesting for their antibiotic effects.

It is true, limes tend to have less seeds or none at all in comparison to lemons and other citrus fruits. Why? Often the limes we find in the supermarkets are Persian or Tahiti limes, this is how they happen to grow in that specific environment. The limes we purchase they have seeds are in fact petite limes. So just because a lime has no seeds does not mean it is GMO or was specifically bred to be this way. Seedless limes are a parthenocarpic fruit, the flowers do not require pollen to make fruit. It is possible that this is a natural occurrence.

Lemons might be more beneficial for someone who lacks acid, which isn’t all that common. They are great for creating heat, getting the wheels turning, stirring things up…I think you get the hint 😉

I am going to make a bold move here and say limes are more beneficial.


SO now there are probably even more questions in your mind brewing after hearing this haha. There is a time and place for each. How to know when to use limes and when to use lemons? If you drink hot water with lemon in the morning, keep use lemon. However, if this is a concoction you drink several times a day, please consider using lemon just when you have this drink an hour to a half an hour before a meal to aid with digestion. If you randomly enjoy this drink all day long, this can create far too much heat for the body. Those moments when it isn’t a good morning or pre-meal drink use lime juice.

If you live in a country or state where both lemons and limes happen to be yellow, often rubbing/activating the rind can help us smell the difference. Limes tend to have a softer citrus smell that has sweetness, while lemon has more of a bitter smell and taste. The rind on limes are often thinner, they are usually smaller than a lemon unless you have Meyer lemons around. There is always the option of cutting it and looking inside as well.

In the past I have shared tips on how to store citrus, I have shared a link just in case! I hope this helps clear any of those thought bubbles that have popped up about lemons and limes. Thank you all for taking the time to stop by my site. Much love ❤ and raw power 😉

     xo Jess

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