All you need to do is make sure your whole lemons are clean before popping them in the freezer!
Lemons are very versatile, it can be added to any dish or drink and it is sure to elevate the flavors to the next level! They're commonly used, but not everyone is aware of the benefits that are packed into this tiny fruit we so often forget is even in our pantry.
Most of us cut a lemon in half, squeeze out its tangy juice and then trash the peel without a second thought, right? But, what if I told you that by doing so, you're actually wasting the most nutritious part of the lemon?
According to Healthy Holistic Living, the peel of your lemon contains around five times the nutrients that are found in the fruit itself. Sure, lemon zest is used in cooking, but in most cases, we make sure only to use the topmost part of the fruit and avoid the white layer under the skin, because it gets too bitter.
There's still a lot of waste generated; to avoid that and reap the benefits of this power-packed ingredient, it is suggested you freeze them. Basically, take a whole lemon, wash it thoroughly to get rid of all the dirt and germs, and simply pop it into your freezer and leave it there overnight.
The next day, take your frozen lemon out, and while it's still frozen, make sure to grate it finely. The process just becomes easier that way and ensures that nothing goes to waste!
The frozen peels are said to have essential compounds that control cholesterol levels and boost the immune system. It is also said to keep symptoms of cancer at bay. Lemons are also rich in vitamins A, B6, C, and E, zinc, iron, potassium, fiber, and protein as well. And if that weren't enough, it is also loaded with limonoids and flavonoids that help strengthen cells and fight free radicals.
For long, people who are prone to infections have been recommended to include lemon in their diet, given that it is filled with powerful antibacterial, anti-microbial and antiviral properties that prevent infections from taking over the body. Apart from its numerous nutritional benefits, lemons also regulate DNA cell production, kickstart the immune system, and provide relief for inflammation.
The tangy fruit also has the ability to fend off acidosis in the body, lower stress, regulate blood pressure and treat nervous disorders and depression. They attack the unhealthy cells, leaving the healthy cells happy and functioning.
Now that you know of the myriad benefits this small fruit has to offer, what are you waiting for?
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