I'm really not the kind of guy that likes things like sour candies and bitter foods. In fact, on burgers and dogs, I'll usually pass on both mustard and pickles. The tart and sour taste are just hard for me to handle.

However, I know several people who swear by lemons. They absolutely love them. Not only will they cook with lemons, squeeze the lemon juice in their drink and even eat the lemon straight-up by itself. Am I in the minority? What is the magic of eating lemons? I had to find out what I was missing. I did find out they help with quite a few things. Keep reading to find out all the benefits of eating lemons.

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Improve Your Digestive Health

Turns out lemons are loaded with soluble fibers which can aid in digestion. This fiber also helps slow the process of digesting starches and is found in the pulp. I guess it's time for me to pucker up and give it a try.

Protects Against Anemia

Do you have an iron deficiency? Try eating lemons. Anemia can occur when you don't get enough iron in your diet. It's not that lemons are high in iron, but they do help you absorb as much as possible from the foods you eat.

Helps Control Weight

There is more than one theory here. One is the pectin (soluble fiber) in lemons expands in the stomach to make you feel full, of course, this only applies if you eat the lemon. Another is drinking water with lemon. Since drinking water alone can increase the number of calories you burn, this one is a tough call.

Reduces Cancer Risk

There have been some studies that have shown folks who consume higher amounts of citrus fruits have a lower risk of cancer. Some scientists even think there are compounds in lemons that could have anti-cancer properties.

Help Prevents Kidney Stones

Goodness gracious, anyone who has had a kidney stone knows they're zero fun. Try some lemons in your diet. It's all about the citric acid in lemons. Taking in lemon juice every day could possibly aid in preventing the formation of stones.

Support Heart Health

Heart health is a big deal to a lot of people. The role lemons play is pretty simple. Lemons are great for Vitamin C. It's been shown that consuming food and vegetables high in Vitamin C, reduces the risk of stroke and heart disease.

For those of you who love the sour taste, try incorporating lemons at some point in your diet. With the 6 above advantages, it's certainly worth a try. There are plenty of recipes that you can make from sour to savory.

Here's to great health. I think we all can agree on that. For other things that we all can agree on in Abilene, keep reading.

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