Lemon nutrition, glycemic index, calories, and serving size
Lemon Glycemic index (GI)
Despite the sour taste, lemons contain 9g of carbohydrates in a 100g serving. Of this, a little over 50% is made up of dietary fiber.
A precise number has not yet been measured by researchers for the glycemic index of lemons. However, we can look at studies showing how lemon intake affects the blood glucose levels.
Multiple studies have shown that lowering a meal's pH with acidic supplements can slow down the breakdown of complex carbohydrates by inhibiting the enzyme found in the saliva, called alpha-amylase. Using lemon juice with starchy meals reduces its glycemic index (1 ,2).
A mix of Chilean wineberry and lemon juice also reduced the postprandial glycemic response after the intake of a high glycemic index meal (3).
Citrus fruits and the flavonoids found in them have also been researched to have properties that can help prevent and manage type 2 diabetes and its complications (4).
In summary, the glycemic index of lemons is unclear, but adding lemon juice to a starchy meal can be recommended to people with diabetes in order to ameliorate the glycemic response.
Important nutritional characteristics for Lemon
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Fat type information
Fiber content ratio for Lemon
All nutrients for Lemon per 100g
|Nutrient||DV%||In TOP % of foods||Value||Comparison|
|Protein||3%||84%||1.1g||2.6 times less than Broccoli|
|Fats||0%||85%||0.3g||111 times less than Cheese|
|Carbs||3%||50%||9.32g||3 times less than Rice|
|Calories||1%||94%||29kcal||1.6 times less than Orange|
|Sugar||0%||57%||2.5g||3.6 times less than Coca-Cola|
|Fiber||11%||28%||2.8g||1.2 times more than Orange|
|Calcium||3%||47%||26mg||4.8 times less than Milk|
|Iron||8%||73%||0.6mg||4.3 times less than Beef|
|Magnesium||2%||87%||8mg||17.5 times less than Almond|
|Phosphorus||2%||90%||16mg||11.4 times less than Chicken meat|
|Potassium||4%||74%||138mg||1.1 times less than Cucumber|
|Sodium||0%||96%||2mg||245 times less than White Bread|
|Zinc||1%||94%||0.06mg||105.2 times less than Beef|
|Copper||4%||86%||0.04mg||3.8 times less than Shiitake|
|Vitamin E||1%||81%||0.15mg||9.7 times less than Kiwifruit|
|Vitamin C||59%||12%||53mg||Equal to Lemon|
|Vitamin B1||3%||78%||0.04mg||6.7 times less than Pea|
|Vitamin B2||2%||92%||0.02mg||6.5 times less than Avocado|
|Vitamin B3||1%||92%||0.1mg||95.7 times less than Turkey meat|
|Vitamin B5||4%||82%||0.19mg||5.9 times less than Sunflower seed|
|Vitamin B6||6%||70%||0.08mg||1.5 times less than Oat|
|Folate||3%||59%||11µg||5.5 times less than Brussels sprout|
|Saturated Fat||0%||87%||0.04g||151.2 times less than Beef|
|Monounsaturated Fat||0%||92%||0.01g||890.8 times less than Avocado|
|Polyunsaturated fat||0%||86%||0.09g||530 times less than Walnut|
The source of all the nutrient values on the page (excluding the main article and glycemic index text the sources for which are presented separately if present) is the USDA's FoodCentral. The exact link to the food presented on this page can be found below.