Sweet lime may look like a regular lime, but take a bite and you will immediately taste the difference -- this fruit has a sweet, orange-like taste rather than the usual tart flavor. This fruit, likely native to India, enjoys popularity in the West Indies and Central America, and it imparts a range of nutritional and health benefits. It may also find use in home remedies.
Sweet limes are a good choice for low calorie and low fat diets. A 3.5-ounce serving of this fruit introduces 43 calories into your diet and contains only 0.3 grams of fat. The majority of the calories in a sweet lime come from carbohydrates -- one serving has 9.3 grams. This is a small portion of the 225 grams to 325 grams of carbs your meal plan should include each day. The USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommends that your carb intake be 45 to 65 percent of your daily calorie intake. So if you are following a 2,000 calorie diet, you need 225 carbs per day to maintain your weight.
Vitamins and Minerals
As a citrus fruit, sweet limes provide a good source of vitamin C. Each serving of this fruit contains 50 milligrams of vitamin C. If you are an adult man, you require 90 milligrams of this vitamin each day; adult women need 75 milligrams, although if you are breastfeeding, you should boost your intake to 120 milligrams daily. You also get 490 milligrams of potassium per serving, which contributes significantly to the daily recommended intake of 4,700 milligrams per day. Potassium is used by the body to build muscle, build protein and regulate your heartbeat, according to MedlinePlus.com. Additionally, a serving of sweet lime provides copper, calcium, iron and phosphorus in smaller amounts.
When you have a cold, sweet lime may be a beneficial fruit to consume as a home remedy. The vitamin C content of the lime may shorten the duration of your cold, and some homeopathic proponents believe this fruit may also have antiseptic and antiviral properties, reports the University of Maryland Medical Center. The fruit also allegedly boosts liver function and helps to relieve gastrointestinal problems, although no research has been done to prove this use. For best results, consult your physician about eating sweet lime as a treatment for any medical condition.
The peel of the sweet lime may provide a natural treatment for jaundice. A review in the 2009 issue of the “Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics” indicates that research on jaundiced rats fed an extract from sweet lime peel had reduced oxidative stress when treated with phytotherapy. Human studies are needed to confirm these findings.
- Purdue University Center for New Crops and Plant Products: Sweet Lime
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Vitamin C
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Potassium
- Kornelia's Kitchen: Sweet Lime
- MedlinePlus.com: Potassium
- Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics: Role of Bilirubin as Antioxidant in Neonatal Jaundice and Effect of Ethanolic Extract of Sweet Lime Peel on Experimentally Induced Jaundice in Rat
- Carry Fitness: Typhoid Home Remedies