Are lemons healthy to eat?
On One Hand: Health Benefits of LemonsExperts for The World’s Healthiest Foods praise the phytonutrients in lemons. The unique flavonoid compounds in the lemons have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties that give lemons unique healing properties with only 15 calories (per 1/4 cup serving) and no fat or cholesterol. They also have beneficial soluble and insoluble fiber, vitamin C, minerals, fatty acids and amino acids.On the Other: Beware of Pesticides and BacteriaIowa State University Extension experts caution consumers that like all produce, fresh lemons may contain bacteria or pesticides that not only can be unhealthy, but harmful. It’s important to thoroughly wash lemons before using them. In cases where it’s possible, choose organically grown lemons, and peel nonorganic ones before use.Bottom LineAs experts at A 2 Z of Health and Beauty point out, lemons have a wide variety of uses and benefits, so choosing them as a healthful snack may not be the first use that comes to mind.