The market is saturated with carbonated soft drinks sweetened with high fructose corn syrup and laden with preservatives. Additionally, many of the healthy alternatives offer uninspired flavor choices that leave the palate unsatisfied.
Made with no preservatives or artificial ingredients, Limation’s Limeade is made with freshly squeezed lime juice, organic cane sugar and filtered water, then infused with natural fruit and flora to conjure the true taste of the islands.
Fun Facts About Limes
- Lime is a citrus fruit.
- Limes are a great source of vitamin C.
- Limes are grown year-round and are less sour than their cousin the lemon.
- Limes were thought to have originated in Southeast Asia.
- Limes made their way to the new world with Columbus on his second voyage in 1493, and subsequently were planted in many Caribbean countries, where the hot, humid climates supported the cultivation of the fruit.
- The introduction of limes to the United States began in the 16th Century, when Spanish explorers brought the West Indies lime to the Florida Keys, hence, beginning the advent of Key limes.
- Today, Brazil, Mexico and the United States are among the leading commercial producers of limes.
- British explorers and traders, who were readily using the vitamin C rich limes that grew in their West Indies colonies to prevent scurvy, earned the nickname “limey.” A word that is often still used colloquially to refer to Brits.
- Limes contain unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties.
- There are two general varieties of sour limes available, the Tahitian and the Key. Among Tahitian limes are the egg-shaped Persian and the smaller, seedless Bearss. Key limes, famous for the pie bearing their name, are smaller and more acidic than the Tahitian variety.
- Lime juice can help prevent formation of kidney stones.
- Limes are good for women’s health. These citrus gems contain calcium and folate, two nutrients that are important for post-menopausal women and women of child-bearing age. One fresh lime contains 22 milligrams of calcium and over five micrograms of folate. Not bad for a tiny little fruit!
- Limes may lower cholesterol. The primary flavonoid found in the limes, known as hesperidin, has been shown to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in animals fed a high-cholesterol diet. Get the most hesperidin out of heart-smart limes by eating as much of the white pith as possible.