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How Many Calories Are in Fresh Lemon Juice?

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Gryphon Adams began publishing in 1985. He contributed to the "San Francisco Chronicle" and "Dark Voices." Adams writes about a variety of topics, including teaching, floral design, landscaping and home furnishings. Adams is a certified health educator and a massage practitioner. He received his Master of Fine Arts at San Francisco State University.
How Many Calories Are in Fresh Lemon Juice?
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Lemon provides non-fat, low-sodium, low-calorie flavor for beverages, salads, side dishes, entrees and desserts. Fresh-squeezed lemon juice boost flavor for recipes and provides an alternative to sugar and fat-laden beverage, condiment and sauce choices.

Calories

Fresh lemon juice contains 3 calories per tbsp., the American Diabetes Association reports. The calories come from 1 g of carbohydrate. Fat and protein amount to zero percent of the calories.

Nutrition

Lemons contain 6 percent of your daily value of vitamin C based on a 2,000-calorie diet, reports the American Diabetes Association. Lemon juice has 3 mg of sodium per tbsp.

Suggestions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website reports that beverage calories can add a substantial number of empty calories to your daily intake. For example, a whole-milk latte, two large sodas and a sweetened ice tea come to 796 calories. The website suggests low-calorie substitutions, including unsweetened sparkling water or water with a slice of lemon.

Squeeze lemon juice on steamed vegetables, salad and fish in place of butter, dressing and tarter sauce to cut fat and calories.

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