10 Reasons You Should Have Lemons in Your Fridge


Enhancing Flavor

Lemon is the perfect complement to seafood.
Lemon is the perfect complement to seafood.
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Did you know that sprinkling lemon juice over foods can help you reduce your sodium intake? Many of us consume an unhealthy amount of sodium, which can contribute to high blood pressure and increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke. On average, Americans consume close to 7,000 milligrams of sodium per day, and the body only needs, at most, 2,300 milligrams per day [source: redOrbit].

Lemon juice provides a sodium-free substitute for those looking for a subtle flavor enhancement for their favorite foods. It can enhance just about anything. Try squeezing lemon juice on chicken, beef, seafood and vegetables. Lemon juice even complements tofu. Many people actually find that lemon brings out many of the natural tastes and flavors that salt covers up. If you get tired of adding lemon to everything, the citrusy flavors of pineapples, oranges and limes are also pretty tasty.