Lemons and limes are almost alike. They do differ in size, color, and flavor, but many people consider them the same. They obviously belong to the same family and are both citrus fruits. While these two have differences, they are actually almost similar when it comes to their nutritional benefits. So in case you run out of lemons at home, you can use limes instead.
Lemons are called Citrus Limon scientifically, while limes are called Citrus aurantifolia. This, along with the color, are the main differences between the fruits. Lemons tend to be larger in size than limes.
When it comes to the taste, lemons are sour, while limes may be sweet and bitter. Lemons are oval in shape, while limes are round, although some types of limes are oval as well.
Both fruits are rich in vitamin C, although lemons have twice the amount of the vitamin than limes. An average lemon contains 53 mg. (per 100 gr.) of vitamin C compared to the 29 mg. of limes. Lemons are also richer in potassium and folate, but limes have more vitamin A.
Both contain vitamin A and C, folate, potassium and antioxidants and flavonoids, which can prevent cancer.
The fruits contain limonoids as well which can fight carcinogenic compounds in your body. Although acidic in taste, the fruits are alkalizing in nature and can remove toxins from your body.
Doctors say that too much toxins in your body can result in inflammation which is the main cause of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
As you can see, both fruits are amazing and delicious.
Lemons have a little bit of advantage over limes in some areas, but there is no doubt that they both are amazing and extremely beneficial for your health.