There has been a shortage of lemons in Icelandic stores in recent days and suppliers have had trouble coping with demand. Managing director of fruit importer Bananar Kjartan Már Friðsteinsson said he doesn’t know what is causing the sudden increased demand of lemons but guesses that it’s part of a new trendy diet.
“The lemon appears to be a very popular fruit these days, more than usual. I’m just going to take a wild guess that there are some special diets going on,” he told visir.is.
Kjartan said it is common that certain fruits become more popular than others after New Year’s. “Then all sorts of trends surface. People seem to be concerned about their weight after Christmas.”
He mentions water melons and ginger as examples. In 2012 the water melon diet was extremely popular when people ate nothing but water melons for three days which supposedly cleansed the body and counteracted edema.
Ginger is also supposed to be extremely healthy, having cleansing and anti-inflammatory effects, and can either be eaten, mixed with cold or hot water and even applied to the bath for increasing the blood flow, Kjartan stated.
As for lemons, doctor Hallgrímur Magnússon told visir.is recently that the nation’s health would improve greatly if everyone would drink water with lemon juice in the mornings. He maintained that the lemon contained many beneficial chemicals which detox the body, or “scrub it from within,” as he put it.