Limes Carb Counts and Health Benefits

Nutritional Information for Limes

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Limes, like lemons, are used to boost the flavor of a dish without adding very much, if any, carbohydrate. Lime juice can be used in salads, soups, and dips in place of dressings that may have high carb counts.

Carbohydrate and Fiber Counts for Limes

Since we usually don't eat limes, but instead use the juice or peels, I have provided information on fresh lime juice. If you do use the entire lime, feel free to reference the carb counts for whole limes, as opposed to just lime juice.

  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice: 1 gram effective (net) carbohydrate plus 0 grams fiber and 4 calories.
  • Juice of 1 medium lime (a little over 1.5 oz): 4 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 0 grams fiber and 11 calories.

Glycemic Index for Limes

There is no scientific study of the glycemic index of lime juice, probably because it is usually consumed in such small amounts.

More Information about the Glycemic Index

Glycemic Load of Limes

  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice: 0
  • Juice of 1 medium lime: 1

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The Health Benefits You'll Get from Eating Limes

Limes and lemons, like all citrus fruits, are an excellent source of vitamin C. Just one small lime packs a third of the daily recommended amount of Vitamin C for adults. Limes are also recognized for their antioxidant properties as well as bioflavonoids, which researchers have found may lower your cancer risk  and even lower plaque build-up in arteries, which wards off heart disease.

When coupled with a low-carb diet, which helps improve your chances to stave off diabetes, limes are a catch-all low carb fruit that will support your health as you keep a plant-based, low carb diet in the forefront of your dietary behavior.

Health Benefits of Limes

To get a significant amount of nutrients from lime juice, you'd have to use more juice than usual.

Still, ¼ cup of lime juice is a very good source of vitamin C, and there are a number of healthful phytonutrients in limes as well.

Low-Carb Recipes With Limes

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Sources: Leroux, MarcusFoster-Powell, Kaye, Holt, Susanna and Brand-Miller, Janette. "International table of glycemic index and glycemic load values: 2002." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vol. 76, No. 1, 5-56, (2002).

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 20.

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