Mosambi drink

Citrus limetta, a species of citrus, is called Mosambi, sweet lime, sweet lemon or sweet limetta. It has its origin in South Asia and then cultivated in Mediterranean basin. Citrus limetta is a fruit bearing tree in which the fruits start to yield from five year old trees and continues to yield up to twenty years.  It grows in tropical and sub-tropical climates.  The fruit is sweet and less acidic when compared to other citrus fruits. The unripe fruit is green in color and turns yellow as it ripens. It is consumed by people all over the world either as a whole fruit after removing the thick peel or in the form of juice as a substitute diet.

Nutrition information

Mosambi has substantial amounts of vitamin C and a small quantity of carbohydrates.

100 gm. fruit provides 43 calories of energy, 9.3 gm. carbohydrate, and 1.7 gm. Sugar, 50 mg (60 % Recommended Daily Amount- RDA) vitamin C, dietary fiber 0.47gm, potassium 490 mg. (10% RDA), calcium 40 mg (4% RDA), phosphorous 30 mg. (4% RDA), iron 0.7 mg (5% RDA) and very small quantities of fat and protein. It a high water content fruit with 88 gm. of water in 100 gm. fruit.

What is weight loss?

Weight loss is reduction of the total body mass. Such reduction can occur both unintentionally and intentionally. Unintentional weight loss occur due to loss of fluid, body fat or adipose tissue (Excess adipose tissue that hangs downward from the abdomen causes obesity). Generally adipose tissue is found beneath the skin, internal organs, bone marrow inter muscular and in the tissue of the breasts.

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When such loss of fluids or body fat happens a person loses weight. Unintentional weight losses are on account of inadequate nutritious diet, diseases, metabolic changes, hormone changes and imbalances, loss of appetite causing reduced food intake, excess energy loss due to hyper activity etc.

But weight loss is intentional when a person is overweight or obese or with other problems like osteoarthritis of the knees, attempt to reduce weight of the body to ideal body weight specified, by adopting various techniques.

While physical activity can vastly enhance a person’s ability to burn fat and calories consumed during normal dieting, any excess calories consumed make the person gain weight gradually. Over a period such incremental weight becomes a problem of obesity and cause various health hazards.

To avoid such a situation various methods of weight management including certain weight loss techniques are adopted.

How is weight loss triggered by Mosambi juice?

One of the easily adaptable and highly beneficial methods is consumption of mosambi fruit and juice as a substitute diet or as snack in between meals.

Mosambi fruit provides many health benefits like stimulating the digestive system with the phytonutrients and flavonoids present in it, detoxifying the body of toxins and keeping the peristaltic motion healthy, preventing nausea, vomiting and curing diarrhea and constipation.

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In addition to providing a host of health benefits, mosambi is an ideal fruit for losing excess weight in the body.

Mosambi is a low calorie high nutritious fruit.  Consumption of the fruit either as pulp or as pulpy juice improves satiety and help deferring the food intake In fact it is an ideal intervening diet between meals. The full stomach feeling due to consumption of mosambi prevents excess calorie intake, thereby helping weight loss program. Compared to other snacks, mosambi has the potential to keep the hunger at bay, by the rich dietary fiber present in it.

How does Mosambi work to reduce weight?

A major impediment in restricting diet intake in any weight loss program is side effects due to insufficient energy and inadequate nutrient consumption. You can solve such problems by consuming mosambi juice as it enhances the health of the body even as it help in losing excess weight.

Moreover, mosambi juice controls the cholesterol level in the body. Controlling cholesterol means shedding the extra fat from the body which aids weight loss.  High water content in mosambi juice is an added advantage since it not only satisfies hunger but also removes toxins out of the body. Citric acid in the fruit juice control hunger pangs and therefore is an excellent low calorie high nutritious and delicious snack for people of all ages and more particularly to the obese who cannot afford to allow weight gain.

Frequency of consumption

Consumption of mosambi fruit in the form of juice is an option to reduce weight. But consume with the pulp intact so as to derive the full benefit of dietary fiber and vitamin C. You can add salt or sugar to the juice to suit individual taste. You can also add the fruit pulp to other salads. Consume mosambi juice regularly. But excess consumption may cause acidity which need to be monitored so as to restrict consumption to the optimum level and lose weight.

Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.