Nutrition for Lime

Calories, Protein, Vitamins and More

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Lime Nutrition Summary

One lime (67 grams or 2.36 oz) contains 20 calories and 0.5 grams of protein. Lime consist of 88% water, 11% carbohydrates, and less than 1% of protein or fat.

Lime is an excellent source of a few nutrients, including Vitamin C. It also contains significant amounts of dietary fiber and calcium.

In one lime:

  • Calories: 20
  • Protein: 0.5 g
  • Sugar: 1.1 g
  • Dietary fiber: 1.9 g
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Sodium: 1.3 mg
There is no significant amounts of saturated fat or cholesterol in lime.

See the Lime Nutrition Chart for complete recommended daily values.
The specific nutritional values from USDA is for: Limes, raw.

Calories in Lime

Lime has 20 calories per lime or 30 calories for every 100 grams. Most of its calories are from carbohydrates.

91% of calories in lime are from carbohydrates, 6% of calories are from protein and 3% of calories are from fat.

Calories from Carbs

The majority, or 91% of the calories in lime are from carbohydrates. The carbs in lime are mostly in the form of dietary fiber and sugar (63% and 37%). An excellent high-fiber food, a single lime contains 8% of recommended daily values or 1.9 grams of dietary fiber.

  • Dietary fiber: 1.9 g
  • Sugar: 1.1 g
There is no significant amounts of starch in lime.

Calories from Fat

A small portion, or 3% the calories in Lime are from fat. Lime is very low in total fat, with 0.1 grams per lime. Most of the fat in lime are healthier unsaturated fats.

Lime is cholesterol free and trans-fat free.

  • Total fat: 0.1 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: < 0.1 g
There is no significant amounts of cholesterol, trans fat, saturated fat or monounsaturated fat in lime.

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Protein in Lime

A single lime contains 0.5 grams of protein. Lime is relatively low in protein, and is not a source of complete protein, containing little or small amounts of the majority of the nine essential amino acids.

  • Protein: 0.47 g
There is no significant amounts of tryptophan, threonine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, valine or histidine in lime.

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Vitamins and Minerals in Lime

An good source of nutrients, lime contains abundant amounts of Vitamin C. In fact, a single lime contains 26% of recommended daily values or 19.5 milligrams of Vitamin C.

Vitamins in lime (1 fruit):
  • Vitamin a: 1.3 ug
  • Niacin: 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin c: 19.5 mg
  • Vitamin e: 0.1 mg
  • Folate: 5.4 ug
  • Vitamin k: 0.4 ug
Minerals in lime (1 fruit):
  • Calcium: 22.1 mg
  • Potassium: 68.3 mg
  • Iron: 0.4 mg
  • Magnesium: 4 mg
  • Zinc: 0.1 mg
  • Selenium: 0.3 ug
  • Phosphorus: 12.1 mg
  • Copper: < 0.1 mg
  • Choline: 3.4 mg
There is no significant amounts of manganese, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, vitamin b6 or vitamin b12 in lime.

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Flavonoids and Carotenoids in Lime [3]

Lime contains a couple of healthy phytonutrients and antioxidants, specifically carotenoid beta-carotene and flavonoid quercetin. In one lime:

  • beta-carotene: 20 ug
  • Quercetin: 0.27 mg

Lime Nutrition Chart


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Nutrition calculations are from Harvard Medical's nutrient guidelines [1] and USDA's food central database (2019) [2].
We calculated values from 2000 kCal daily recommended diet.

Lime in Cooking

Lime is in the top 10% of most popular ingredients for recipes. Lime can be consumed raw and is often juiced, sliced or halved before cooking or serving. Most recipes call for one or two limes.

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