By haoleboy Latest Reply 2015-02-16 22:59:25 -0600
Started 2015-02-01 22:01:59 -0600

it is citrus season here in Northern California and being as I have an virtually unlimited supply of really good lemons and I'm bored and have nothing better to do I am experimenting with what the effects of consuming one whole lemon (peel and all) a day will have on my blood glucose levels.
I've seen them listed as a "Diabetic Super Food". With only 5 grams of carbs per fruit it won't "ruin my diet".
Any thoughts? Guesses on the effects?


12 replies

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-16 20:42:20 -0600 Report

Lemons are ok for diabetics, however I wouldn't go crazy with them. Maybe 3 a day.

haoleboy 2015-02-16 20:48:58 -0600 Report

I eat one day

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-16 22:59:25 -0600 Report

Ok enjoy it. You live in North California, we live in San Diego and love it. I was born and raised in Lakewood. The Navy brought us to San Diego. John retired from the Navy and now he has a regular job. Mary

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-16 17:23:15 -0600 Report

Lemons aren't in the high sugar category.You sweeten your juice with stevia.

haoleboy 2015-02-16 17:57:52 -0600 Report

Juice? I eat the whole lemon … peel and all … no sweetener needed.
I got side tracked on getting this started, but I'm full swing as of yesterday.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-02 21:18:14 -0600 Report

I don't know what will happen with your BG levels…but I would sure like to find out..I have ripe lemon trees in my yard as I type this..they keep the grandkids in fresh lemonade…I use to make lemon curd from them for my world class lemon meringue pies..(sad face)…but am so busy with the house. school and the grandkids I haven't tried yet this season to make a low carb version..

GabbyPA 2015-02-02 08:17:02 -0600 Report

I juiced them in many of my juices, but I took the peel off, leaving the pith. The pith is where some of the best nutrients are. I also have a friend who deals a lot with "bitters" and the pith falls into that category. Bitters are supposed to help your body cleanse. There is more to that sour face that you may think. LOL. I think it will maybe not have an affect on glucose, but I bet it helps in other ways.

Type1Lou 2015-02-02 08:03:50 -0600 Report

I think most citrus peels are rich in bioflavinoids which are something good (but I don't know why…will have to google). It'll be interesting to see how it affects you. I had a friend who gave me lemons from her tree while they were in season and I made a low-sugar lemon ginger marmalade with them. It was just yummy. They've since relocated so my access to free lemons is gone.

Baking4ever 2015-02-02 14:57:08 -0600 Report

the lemon ginger marmalade sounds so yummy…

Type1Lou 2015-02-02 15:15:03 -0600 Report

I had to use preserved ginger (which usually means it has sugar) because fresh, raw ginger has something in it that prevents the "Jelling" process… it's why it was low-sugar vs no sugar. I did use the sugar-free pectin to make it. It was very labor intensive but the flavor was worth it..