Just about everyone knows that they should avoid drinking sugary beverages and increase their consumption of H2O. However, many people complain that plain water lacks flavor. Adding lime to the water can dramatically impact the taste in a positive way.
9. Calories and Nutrients in Limes
With many watching calories, you might wonder if adding lime is a good idea. Luckily, citrus fruit is a low-calorie option to add to your water. A single freshly squeezed lime adds only 11 calories to a glass of water.
Lime is also packed with 51 milligrams of potassium, 1 gram of fiber and provides 20 percent of a person’s daily allowance of vitamin C. Lime juice also has 1 percent magnesium.
8. Adding Lime Looks Good
People like a visually appealing drink that looks cool and refreshing. Adding a couple of slices of robust wedges instantly makes the beverage look better.
Joan Salge Blake, RDN, author of Nutrition & You: Core Concepts for Good Health and clinical professor in the department of health sciences at Boston University, states, “I even like the fact that it’s just slices, because it actually makes the glass look pretty. We drink with our eyes. With something that looks good, you feel more pleasure in consuming it.”
She goes on to say, “We know that sweetened beverages are the number one source of added sugars in the diets of Americans. People are seeing firsthand what a shocking amount of added sugars are in some of these sweetened beverages. I’m happy that we have transparency, and the consumer can now identify those foods that have a lot of added sugar—but we have to give them alternatives.”
“Anything that’s going to allow you to drink more water and less sweetened beverages is a darned good thing.”