Differences between lime & lemon juice

Updated April 17, 2017

Lemons and limes appear very similar except for their colour. Their juices also may appear similar except for the colour of the bottle. Both juices also are fat-free. While these two fruit juices may appear similar, their subtle differences are the juicier story. Their difference starts with where they originated. Limes originated in Southeast Asia and lemons in China or India, according to WHFoods.

Lemon Juice is More Tart

A study by the NIH found that lemon juice has slightly more citric acid than lime juice. Lemon juice contained 1.10g per ounce, while lime juice contained 1.06g per ounce. Both are good sources of citric acid, which helps cleanse the kidneys and prevents kidney stones, according to TheJuicingCafe. Citric acid is also said to get rid of bloating and is used in the treatment of alcoholism and for detox treatments.

Limes are More Nutritious

Lime juice has higher nutritional value than lemon juice. Lime juice has higher levels of calcium, iron, phosphorous, vitamin A, vitamin C and folate, according to Diffin. However, lemon juice has slightly higher concentrations of magnesium and potassium. These vitamins are said to fight heart disease, inflammation, and cancer.

Lemon is Used as an Antiseptic

Lemon juice is more frequently found in soap and hand washes. This is because lemons have an antibacterial and antiseptic capability, according to This is why you use lemon lozenges instead of lime ones when you get a soar throat. Lemon juice can also be used to treat minor poisonings. For instance, the acid in lemon juice neutralises ammonia. Lemons are also more often used in beauty products, to treat acne and to highlight hair.

Use in Cooking

Lemon juice is often used in marinades, salad dressings and on fish to brighten the flavour of the food. Its acidity makes food taste sweeter and less tart. For instance, lemon is paired with honey in tea. Lime juice is more often used to make food taste more zesty, such as in South American and Caribbean dishes with heavier meats to accompany salty or spicy foods. Lime juice is also used more often to flavour deserts than lemon juice.

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