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zest | a powerhouse of flavor & health

People sometimes wonder why we decided to name our place “zest”. Well, there are a few reasons like simplicity & freshness, but also because zest is way more than meets the taste buds. It turns out its not only tasty but very healthy too!

You know how when you use a citrus fruit like oranges, limes or lemons you tend to throw out the peel? Well, you might want to think about it twice next time you do that, because as it turns out the peel brings not only a fresh tangy taste, but also more health benefits than you probably thought.

Lets take lemon for example. Lemon peels contain about 5 to 10 times more vitamins than lemon juice! Yep, that’s what you’ve been wasting! Lemon peels are also an excellent source of fiber, potassium, magnesium, calcium, folate, and beta carotene.

Lemon peels improve bone health too! Since lemon peels contain high amounts of calcium and vitamin C, lemon peels have been shown to aid preventing osteoporosis, inflammatory polyarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Don’t forget all the fiber you will get from lemon peels! 3.5 oz of lemon peels contains 10.6 grams of fiber.

Lemon Peels Reduce Oxidative Stress

We all want to reduce our levels of oxidative stress! Lemon peels contain citrus bioflavonoids which are very powerful at reducing your levels of oxidative stress . Lemon peels also aid in eradicating toxic elements in the body and removing carcinogenic elements.

Lemon Peels Help Fight Cancer

Lemons have been used to prevent and treat cancer. Lemons are anti-microbrial and ward off against bacterial infections and fungi. When lemon peels are consumed, they have been shown to prevent various types of cancers, including skin cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. A study found that the consumption of lemon peels in tea was beneficial in preventing the development of cancer cells.

Lemons are also very alkalizing! Cancer thrives in an acidic body, by making your body alkaline this will prevent cancer. Take advantage of the whole lemon and don’t just juice and toss!

Lemon peels contain salvestrol Q40 and limonene, which have been shown to prevent and treat cancer. These components fight against present cancerous cells in the body.

So there you have it, zest is definitely more than meets the taste buds, it’s a flavor & health powerhouse. Come to our restaurant to find out for yourself!