When Life Gives You Lemons…

Most of us have heard the following motivational statement:  When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade.  The intent of this statement:  When “bad/negative” things happen to us in life, try to turn this around to something positive.  (For any of those frat humor movie fans out there, I laughed lots at Paul Rudd’s line in the movie, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” when he says:  “When life gives you lemons, I say f— the lemons”.

So, why do lemons carry a bad/negative reputation? Here are the nutritional facts:  One lemon contains:

  • Calories: 17
  • Fat: 0.2g
  • Sodium: 1mg
  • Carbohydrates: 5.4g
  • Fiber: 1.6g
  • Sugars: 1.5g
  • Protein: 0.6g
  • Vitamin C: 30.7mg
  • Potassium: 80mg

There are some health benefits linked to lemons including:

  • Reduce risk of kidney stones
  • Improved gut health due to pectins present
  • Excellent source of Vitamin C
  • Improves the taste of “diet” sodas, allowing people to not opt for the sugar sodas that are very damaging to weigh control

So, when life gives you lemons, I recommend that you use them (but no added sugar for that lemonade!).   And, here is a movie trivia question:  In the original “Dirty Dozen” movie, what singer starred in the movie?  Answer:  Trini Lopez.  Second question:  What was Mr. Looez’ most famous song?  Yep, “LEMON TREE”.

Enjoy a classic folk song written in the 1950s’s: