Although drinking lime juice is not as common as drinking other varieties, such as orange juice, it can be a healthy choice, as it provides a number of vitamins and is a rich source of carbohydrates. Lime juice may help you lose weight, as it possesses several nutritional characteristics conducive to weight management. However, lime juice may not be suitable for all weight loss plans, and your overall food intake also factors into your success.
Lime juice can help you lose weight because it is low in calories. One cup of lime juice provides 60 calories, which is just 3 percent of the daily suggested intake of 2,000. Because it's low in calories, you can burn the calories in lime juice relatively quickly; seven minutes of swimming laps would be enough to burn 60 calories.
Lime juice is low in fiber, with just 1 g in each cup. Fiber helps ensure healthy digestion and, according to research from the May 2001 issue of "Nutrition Reviews," it can aid in weight loss by increasing feelings of fullness and reducing appetite at subsequent meals. If fiber is a primary concern of yours, eating limes rather than their juice can be beneficial; 60 calories worth of limes provides 9 g of fiber.
Lime juice is rich in carbohydrates, as each cup contains 20 g. Of these carbohydrates, only 4 g come from sugar. Your body uses carbohydrates as a primary source of energy, but low-carbohydrate diets can be effective for weight loss, so you may wish to choose foods lower in carbohydrates when dieting. Using small portions of lime juice can be acceptable on a low-carbohydrate diet; 1/4 cup would provide just 5 g of carbohydrates, so you could use that amount or less to flavor foods instead of high-carbohydrate sauces or dressings.
Lime juice provides no dietary fat. This nutrient is calorie-dense, with nine calories in each gram, but it also provides feelings of fullness, so fat can be beneficial for weight loss. The benefits can be significant, as research published in the July 2008 issue of "The New England Journal of Medicine" found that low-fat diets were inferior to low-carbohydrate and Mediterranean diets for weight loss.
One beneficial aspect lime juice provides in terms of weight loss is its vitamin C content. Each cup of lime juice provides 73 mg of this nutrient, a vitamin that the March 2008 edition of the "International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research" found may encourage reduced weight and body fat.
- USDA National Nutrient Database: Lime Juice, Raw
- MayoClinic.com; Exercise for Weight Loss: Calories Burned in One Hour; December 2009
- "Nutrition Reviews"; Dietary Fiber and Weight Regulation; N.C. Howarth, et al.; May 2001
- LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate: Calories in Lime
- MedlinePlus; Dietary Fats; June 2011