Tangelo is a hybrid of tangerine and grapefruit. It is believed that they are native to southeast Asia and have been in use since 3000 years! Find out about the nutritive values and calorie content of this fruit in this NutriNeat article.
Tangelos have developed as a hybrid of the tangerine (often referred to as the mandarin orange) and the grapefruit (cousin of pomelo). So, obviously, they inherit the characteristic properties of an orange and a grapefruit. They look like an orange but are not perfectly round. They are somewhat oblong in shape. They have a typical knob at the top. Size of a tangelo matches the size of a medium-sized orange. Tangelos are also known as ‘honeybell’. It tastes like a tangerine but it is more juicy. It is packed with juice and not pulp.
The USDA has developed certain breeds of tangelos which come with delicious flavors and by planting these breeds, you can enjoy bountiful harvests. Minneola tangelo (developed in 1931) and Orlando tangelo (developed in 1911) are the most popular breeds of tangelo. Specific types of tangerine and grapefruit which are chosen for development of these breeds offer them the characteristic properties they have. Thus, the tangelos you get these days are products of human efforts. Minneola tangelo is very large, about 9 – 9½ inches in circumference.
Calories in Tangelo
|Tangelo||1 medium (131g)||60|
|Minneola Tangelo||1 medium (109g)||70|
The following table describes the nutrition facts of tangelo which are helpful to understand the health benefits of tangelo.
Tangelo Nutrition Facts
1 small-sized tangelo which contains about 32 calories also contains:
|Total Carbohydrates||3% (7.99g)|
|Dietary Fiber||6% (16g)|
|Vitamin C||60% (160mg)|
Tangelo Health Benefits
Tangelo health benefits are similar to oranges. A tangelo is rich in vitamin C and dietary fiber. Vitamins and minerals from tangelos help improve your overall health in several ways. They are fat free and cholesterol free. Flavonoids and vitamin C help prevent several health problems like common cold, bronchitis, throat infections, asthma, etc. As tangelos contain antioxidants, they help cancel the effects of free radicals on the body. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps slow down the process of aging. You don’t have to use anti-aging creams! Vitamin C helps strengthen your immune system and helps prevent infections and diseases like cancers. Calcium from tangelos can make your bones and teeth strong. Dietitians recommend tangelos to diabetics and heart patients. Tangelos work great for constipation.
Tangelo are low in calories and hence they can be included in weight loss diets. Tangelo calories are considered as healthy as they come with lots of vitamins and minerals. You can enjoy a fresh tangelo as it is or you can enjoy tangelo juice. Nutritious and juicy tangelos can help you lead a healthy life.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and does not in any way attempt to replace the advice offered by an expert on the subject.