A lot has been written about the many health benefits of starting your day with a glass of warm lemon water. But have you ever considered adding a whole organic lemon to your morning smoothie?
Did you know that lemon peels actually contain about 5 to 10 times more vitamins than lemon juice? They are an excellent source of fiber, potassium, magnesium, calcium, folate, beta carotene and bioflavonoids. Just be sure to purchase organic lemons. Commercially grown lemons are often waxed to protect them from bruising during shipping. Plant, insect, animal or petroleum-based waxes may be used.
Caution: Lemon peels contain a high amount of oxalates which are naturally-occurring substances found in plants, animals, and humans. For the vast majority of individuals, oxalate-containing foods should not be a health concern. However, high concentrations of oxalates can lead to problems associated with crystallization such as kidney or gallbladder stones. Therefore, if you already suffer from these problems, avoid eating lemon peel.
What about the seeds? Trace amounts of salicylic acid (the main ingredient in aspirin) are found in lemon seeds, so eating a few lemon seeds here and there may give you some ache and pain-relieving benefits. Again, just be sure to purchase organic.