Five foods that you should avoid pairing with lime

Care should be taken not to pair up lemon with spicy, hot food, dairy products, aromatic spices and red wine. Photo: iStock/Oxyzay

Lime is a tangy-flavored fruit found in almost all Indian kitchens. It has been extensively used for making juice and pickles and also forms a key ingredient in many dishes. Loaded with vitamin C, nutrients, and antioxidants, lime is known for its potent health benefits.

But when the acidic content of lime is mixed with certain foods, it will trigger adverse health impacts on the body. Let us have a look at the list of food items that should not be paired with it

Dairy products
Mixing lemon with milk or any other dairy products while cooking will react and lead to curdling. This is because of the acidic nature of lemons. You should also avoid taking lemon along with milk, as it may cause severe heartburn or acidity due to the presence of citric acid.

Spicy or hot food items
Yes, it's a practice for many to squeeze lemon on top of spicy food items to improve the taste, but you should be aware that it might not be always healthy. Lemon is known to intensify the heat of such food items by making them spicier and tangy, and everyone may not be able to enjoy the taste. So, do or avoid it only after taking your body's reactions into account. 

Red wine
Mixing lemon will simply ruin the taste and flavour of red wine

Yoghurt and buttermilk
Mixing lemon with buttermilk or yoghurt will have the same consequences as milk with lemon. They not only ruin the taste but can cause acidity.

Certain aromatic spices
Do keep in mind that the strong citrus flavour of lemon does not mesh well with aromatic spices like cardamom or clove. It can affect the taste and texture of such items.

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