The calorie content in a lemon with peel is certainly higher than lemon without peel. There are 22 calories in an average sized lemon with peel without seeds out of which 3 calories come from fat. The total fat content in an equal sized lemon is 0.32 gram of which 0.042 gram is saturated fat content, 0.096 gram is polyunsaturated fat content and 0.012 gram is monounsaturated fat content. The sodium and potassium content in a lemon with peel is 3 mg and 157 mg respectively. The dietary fiber content in it is 5.1 gram and protein content is 1.3 grams. Lemon is also known to be a rich source of vitamin C and contains traces of other essential vitamins and minerals.
Lemons are used to enhance the taste of various food items such as fish, salads, vegetables, etc and also contain a good amount of nutritional value. Although both peeled lemons as well as lemons with peel contain various essential micronutrients however peeling lemons means peeling away a number of essential vitamins, minerals and also the fiber content which is present in the lemon peel.
100 grams of lemon peel contains around 134 mg of calcium which is very essential for the body. Calcium helps in strengthening bones, muscle contraction and hormone secretion, reducing the risk of colorectal cancer. Lemon peel is also rich in potassium, thus consuming lemon with peel means taking in adequate amount of potassium. 100 grams of lemon peel contains 160 mg of potassium. Potassium is very essential for the proper functioning of the heart and also helps in digestion. It also prevents high blood pressure and risks from stroke.
Lemon is a rich source of vitamin C. However, lemon with peel contains higher amount of vitamin C as compared to lemon without peel.100 grams of lemon peel contains around 129 mg of vitamin C.