Lime is recognizable by its bright green peel, fragrant tart pulp, lack of pits and fragrant zest. It is this representative of citrus fruits that is ideal for extracting juice - lime is placed in the palm of your hand, and the liquid begins to stand out even with light pressure on the surface. Miniature lime contains a huge amount of juice. With one fruit, you can dilute a whole pot of Asian soup or prepare several glasses of homemade mojito based on it.
What you need to know about the product, how to squeeze lime juice at home, what are the tricks of using acidic liquid in the gastronomic industry?
Lime is a variety of citrus fruits from the root family. Fruits of lime are genetically similar to lemon, grow mainly in India. The fruits are used fresh or for making juice. Up to 8% citric acid is concentrated in lime juice.
The product is used not only in the food industry, but also in cosmetology, traditional medicine. Dermatologists recommend the use of lime juice for owners of oily skin. The substance blocks the release of sebum (a protective layer of fat), neutralizes black spots, makes pores less visible and whitens the skin, eliminating pigmentation. Moreover, concentrated citrus juice can restore fine hair and nails to life.
The product enhances blood circulation, promotes the regeneration of the skin, stimulates the growth of new cells, eliminates wrinkles, tones the skin and evens out the tone of the face. It is recommended to use lime juice after pregnancy, serious illness, serious nervous stress, or to partially eliminate the harmful effects of bad habits (for example, when smoking). Juice is often used for herpes, abscesses, papillomas, warts, closed comedones.
In traditional medicine, an extract from citrus fruits is added to soothing medicines, medicines that regulate the work of the heart / stomach / intestines. The product is introduced into the diet of patients who have experienced severe stress and other emotional upheavals. The substance is also used in the treatment of infectious pathologies, fever, colds, sore throats without a specific etiology.
Useful properties of the food component
Juices are an ideal food for the human body. Liquids are much easier, faster and more efficiently digested by the digestive system. A person spends much less energy on the production and breakdown of nutrients than he could spend on the absorption of solid food. Moreover, juices control the immune system, increase the energy balance, strengthen the immune system, transform the skin / hair / nails, sharpen the sense of smell and improve the taste buds functionality.
Concentrated fruit drinks are a real storehouse of ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Nutrient has a beneficial effect on the human immune system and improves the overall performance of the body. But strengthening immunity is not the only merit of vitamin C. The nutrient has an antioxidant effect and protects the cells of the human body from pathogenic microflora. Ascorbic acid also reduces the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration (a violation in the center of the retina). Do not forget that the juices contain a lot of natural sugar, so it is better to refuse uncontrolled fluid intake.
Tip: Concentrated lime juice is best diluted with other foods. For the most useful drink, nutritionists recommend using 3 vegetables and 1 fruit.
What is gel water and how is it related to lime
For the first time, the theme of gel water was raised by a researcher, anthropologist Gina Bria. She found that any plants transform the familiar chemical formula H2O into H2O2. The scientific community has called this fluid structured or gel water. The anthropologist herself calls the fluid "slow." According to Gina herself, this very definition is the best suited for fluid. Its special structure allows the cells of the human body to absorb special water much more slowly and efficiently. Normal water passes through the body in just 10 minutes, often washing out important nutrients / electrolytes. Slow fluid use a different technique. It delivers minerals and vitamins to various parts of the body, enhancing their digestibility.
Vegetables and fruits are 80% gel water, and leafy greens are 90%.
A specific fluid is not only responsible for hydration. It is able to replenish energy reserves and accumulate energy in itself. Scientists from the University of Washington call it the fourth phase of water after 3 familiar states - solid, liquid and vaporous.
It turned out that the human body is able to independently synthesize gel water. How does this happen? During photosynthesis, plants absorb ultraviolet rays and convert them into chemical energy. Energy is used for metabolism, growth and other biological processes. The human body is characterized by similar transformations. Sunlight comes into contact with the surface of the skin, provokes the division of water molecules inside the cells into negatively and positively charged particles. During this process, gel water is formed.
Is there a connection between slow water and miniature green fruits? Yes, lime electrolytes contribute to the self-production of gel water by the human body. Other citrus varieties do not produce this effect.
Possible harm and contraindications
According to the classical scheme, citrus fruits go through several stages of production. When squeezing juice, the pulp is separated from the liquid. During this process, fluid loses fiber. Fiber is a rough part of plants that stimulates digestion, relieves inflammation and harmonizes the internal microflora. When the juice is pressed, all components are heated. A metal knife rotates, generates heat, which destroys enzymes and oxidizes nutrients. But not all juices are devoid of most nutrients. The most useful are cold-pressed vegetable drinks. The liquid is extracted by pressing and crushing. During production, a minimum of heat is generated, so more enzymes, vitamins and minerals are retained.
Ascorbic acid, which is abundant in lime, destroys enamel and makes teeth sensitive. To minimize acid exposure, rinse your mouth with water and do not brush your teeth for 20 minutes after eating citrus fruits. Refuse from lightning-fast toothbrushing is necessary in order to avoid mechanical damage to the enamel. A short pause will allow the oral cavity to neutralize the acid on its own.
Direct contraindications for use:
- intestinal / stomach ulcer;
- gallstone disease, pathology of the biliary tract;
- increased acidity of gastric juice;
- individual intolerance to the product.
The chemical composition of raw lime juice
|Nutritional value per 100 grams|
|Calorie content||25 kcal|
|Alimentary fiber||0.4 g|
|The concentration of vitamins (in milligrams per 100 grams)|
|Beta Carotene (A)||0,03|
|Ascorbic acid (C)||30|
|Pantothenic Acid (B5)||0,12|
|Folic Acid (B9)||0,01|
|The concentration of minerals (in milligrams per 100 grams)|
Using the product in cooking
Lime juice is a versatile food ingredient. It is drunk fresh, added to sauces, dressings, sweet / salty / sour dishes, alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails. The concentrated liquid is perfect for both chocolate cake and quail marinade - the scope of use is limited only by your imagination and culinary skills.
Among the most popular dishes / drinks using citrus juice are guacamole, tom kha kai (soup), Mexican salsa, lime soup, margarita, sangrita, classic lemonade, mojito.
Important. Be careful - lime juice is very sour. It is used in a minimal amount so as not to interrupt the taste of the other ingredients of the dish.
In the modern gastronomic market, concentrated lime juice with a spray is especially popular. It is sold in small containers from which liquid can be extracted with a light touch of a finger. The dispensing system will immediately spray a small amount of juice onto the desired dish. Thanks to the sprayer, you definitely can not go too far with acidic liquid and do not spoil your culinary masterpiece.
This is a cold appetizer of avocado, tomato, citrus juice. Guacamole is most popular in the Mexican and American culinary traditions. The dish can be used as a vegan snack or sauce for your favorite meat / fish / grain products.
We will need:
- avocado (it is recommended to choose fully ripened fruits) - 2 pieces;
- tomatoes - 60 grams;
- lime juice - 1 tablespoon;
- salt / pepper to taste.
Separate the flesh of the avocado from the peel, crush with a fork until smooth. The structure of guacamole can be varied to taste - from gentle mashed potatoes to a dense mass with pieces of avocado. Grind tomatoes, add avocado to the pulp, pour lime juice, spices into the mixture and mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Guacamole can be eaten as a snack with bread / bread / chips or added to pasta / porridge / soup as a sauce.
This is a Mexican soft drink. Its taste combines a bright sour-sharp palette, which is traditionally "jammed" with tequila. The name of the cocktail is literally translated as “blood” or “blood”.
We need: lime juice - 30 milliliters; orange juice - 50 milliliters; tomato juice - 200 milliliters; granulated sugar - 1 teaspoon; Tabasco sauce / sea salt / black pepper to taste.
Mix all the ingredients thoroughly, cover with cling film and refrigerate for at least 60 minutes. Chilled sangrit is washed down with strong alcohol (mainly tequila, vodka, liquor or gin), used as a sauce or an independent snack.