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Orange and lemon are both abundantly available in the tangerine variety in India. They are widely used in Indian cuisines thanks to their tangy and sour flavor. Not just juice, but their aromatic zest is also added to baked goods and salads for a refreshing taste. These two brightly-coloured tangy treats also brim with vitamin C. But, have you wondered is it orange or lemon that has more vitamin C content than the other?
To decode that, Health Shots spoke to Asma Alam, a consulting nutritionist and dietitian.
“Lemons and oranges are both citrus fruits that belong to the Rutaceae family. They more or less have similar nutritional qualities. Vitamin C is one of the most essential elements of both fruits,” says Alam.
Both these fruits also have almost similar amounts of Vitamin. However, the vitamin C content in orange is just slightly higher than a lemon though. Don’t be surprised, but more vitamin C is found in the citrus peel of orange than a lemon. On the contrary, the vitamin C content of raw lemon juice is higher than that of an orange.
Hence, be it an orange or lemon, you can bite on any of these fruits for a boost of vitamin C. Just don’t forget to include their zest in your food for an added dose of Vitamin C. You can add its rind to your drinks, curries and even cakes and enjoy the tangy aroma.