I like Betty's idea even better. Just make sure you use organic lemons as conventional ones will get lots of pesticides in your water. Unfortunately it is not just on the surface so is impossible to wash off. Birgit
I buy fresh lemons (and limes) when they're on sale, then leaving the peeling(I wash them good) on them, I quarter them into sections - or smaller pieces and freeze them. When I want a lemon or lime wedge for my water, I just put one or two in the glass of water and have lemon water... Or if you want more concentrated juice, let it thaw and then squeeze it into your water or wherever you want a little juice.
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I can't keep fresh lemons around the house without them going bad so I do keep a bottle of ReaLemon around (ReaLime too), I just looked and it doesn't have any sugar and the juice is concentrated so you get a lot of lemon flavor for not much and I use a small amount at t time- it does have preservatives in it- sigh- but if it didn't it wouldn't keep and I'd be right back throwing expensive fruit away.
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I went to see Jillian Micheals and she was talking about that, she used to use the spray butter that said "0" calories and she used to spray a ton on her pop corn then one day she looked at the label and the ingredients and there was no way that that stuff was calorie free so she called the company and they admitted to her that the whole bottle contains 2400 calories!!!!! It's the serving size that they say is 0 calories which is 1.5 squirts...... so how many people including me can do 1/2 of a squirt.
Moral of the story was, eat and drink natural foods, real lemon instead of lemon in a package. I have the lemon and the lime in my cabinet right now, I may use them or take them to work and share.
It is added sugar, not the trace carbs from lemon. They list it as "evaporated cane juice" which FDA has told industry is misleading as the recognized name for the product is "sugar". True Lemon adds sugar to a product, then puts "unsweetened" and "0g of sugar" on the front of the box, and uses a misleading and inappropriate name for the sugar in the ingredients list.
When manufactures of juices pulled this trick and labeled the product "100% juice", FDA took legal action, including seizing product and prosecuting the manufacturers:
I use True Lemon, True Lime, and True Orange all the time. I decided that I wasn't going to worry about the sugar in it. It's not enough to taste to me (which does make ya wonder why they bother to add it), and I only use the little packets. That is really annoying though - there really is no need for sugar in it!!
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A while back there was a post comparing the different tables on tahini, noting that even though each contained only sesame seeds, there were varying net carb amounts on the nutrition labels.
For a food we consume only occasionally, that hidden/misled carb or two isn't a big deal. I found a really sneaky one in my pantry, and the hidden sugar can add up. Can you find one more annoying than this?
True Lemon offers crystallized lemon juice, and what I like is that I can add the intense lemon flavor without diluting my treat or drink. I buy the "cooking baking and beverages" version. The label says "0 calories 0 g sugars Unsweetened". You can even see it yourself, right here:
Now I know it doesn't literally have 0 calories and 0g sugar, but I expected that it would be similar to a wedge of lemon, which is about 0.2 g. If that were the case, then the black box nutrition label could also indicate "0g" of carb. But it doesn't, it says "less than1g" (except using the symbol which SparkPeople thinks is some sneaky HTML). I looked up the labeling regulations: if labeled less than 1, it means there is more than 0.5 and less than 1g of sugar. So the carbs from the added sugar are at least 0.3g (and more than what was in the lemon) and as much as 0.7g (or almost 4 times the lemon).
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