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Carb Counts for Lemons

Nutritional Information for Lemons


Updated June 04, 2014

Lemon and salt
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Lemons are a great way to boost the flavor of a dish for very little carbohydrate.

Carbohydrate and Fiber Counts for Lemons

Since we usually don't eat lemons, but instead use the juice, I have provided information on fresh lemon juice.
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice: 1 gram effective (net) carbohydrate plus 0 grams fiber and 4 calories.
  • Juice of 1 medium lemon (a little over 1.5 oz): 4 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 0 grams fiber and 12 calories.

Glycemic Index for Lemons

There is no scientific study of the glycemic index of lemon juice, probably because it is usually consumed in such small amounts.

More Information About the Glycemic Index

Glycemic Load of Lemons

  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice: 1
  • Juice of 1 medium lemon: 1

More Information About the Glycemic Load

Health Benefits of Lemons

To get a significant amount of nutrients from lemon juice, you'd have to use more juice than usual. Still, lemon juice is a very good source of vitamin C and phytonutrients as well.

Low-Carb Recipes With Lemon

More Information About Lemons at Calorie Count Plus.

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Leroux, MarcusFoster-Powell, Kaye, Holt, Susanna and Brand-Miller, Janette. "International table of glycemic index and glycemic load values: 2002." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vol. 76, No. 1, 5-56, (2002).

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 20.

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