A -Z of foods: L is for lemons

Lemon may not be a food you eat on its own, but add it to dishes and it will enhance the flavours, lower the glycaemic index, and help you to need to add less salt. Rich in vitamin C, lemons help you to absorb the iron from vegetarian foods like spinach, green lentils and kale.

Check out these three ways to enjoy lemons:

1. Zest it. Add the zest of lemon to your baking, or to fish and chicken. It will bring fresh citrus notes to your meal

2. Slice it. If you don't like plain water, add lemon slices and crushed ice to still or sparkling water

3. Drizzle it. Home-made popcorn is a great source of whole grains, but it's often tempting to add salt. Instead, try a scattering of red chilli powder and a drizzle of fresh lemon juice before serving.

Azmina Govindji is Patient's award-winning resident dietitian. She comes with a background in diabetes, having worked as Chief Dietitian to Diabetes UK from 1987 to 1995. She was a member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) Executive Council and Chair of the BDA Public Relations Committee from 2001-2004, and is still a renowned BDA spokesperson. But you may be more familiar with her work on TV and radio - she's appeared regularly on This Morning, The Wright Stuff and The One Show. Azmina is also a best-selling author and co-founder of the award-winning RDUK twitter chats.

Azmina is a mum of two and understands the pressures of family life. She runs her own nutrition consultancy at Azmina Nutrition, and offers advice to the food industry, the media, patients, nurseries, and health organisations. In her spare time she loves to entertain friends and travel. Tweet with her on @AzminaNutrition.


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