Most of us who have eaten tangerines have loved its citrus aroma and sweetish-tangy flavor. Let’s take a look at tangerine nutrition facts to see how this tangy fruit benefits our health besides teasing our tongues.
Most of us are familiar with tangerines – those orange-colored, citrus, wickedly delicious fruits that come with a whole bunch of nutritional benefits and have a wide variety of uses apart from being eaten as a fruit. Before we get down to discussing the various tangerine nutrition facts, let’s get to know this citrus temptation a little closely. Tangerine is also known by many as Mandarin orange (it doesn’t speak the dialect though!) and very closely resembles a regular orange. Similar to an orange, a tangerine is divided into separate edible segments which are clustered in a fist-like arrangement and contained within a thick, pebble-like peel. Good quality tangerines would be firm and devoid of deep grooves. Most tangerines that we get in our fruit markets come from tangerine cultivating orchards of Uganda, Myanmar, Japan and Djibouti.
Tangerines come in quite a few varieties, the most popular of these being the very sweet Murcotts (also known as honey tangerines due to the intensely sweet taste), sunburst tangerines, Fairchild tangerine (a cross between Clementine Mandarin and Orlando tangelo), Dancy tangerine and Ponkan tangerine (also known as Chinese honey tangerine). One of the basic differences with regards to tangerines vs oranges is the way they are grown. Most of the time, oranges cannot be grown from seeds owing to various difficulties involved in pollination and hybridization. However, almost all tangerines can be successfully grown right from the seeds.
Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Tangerines
Tangerines, like most citrus fruits, are treasure troves of nutrition and health benefits. Let’s take a look at the following table that gives an overall view of tangerine nutrition facts. This table depicts tangerine calories and nutrition facts for every 1 cup serving of this citrus extravaganza.
|Nutrient||Content Per Serving|
|Dietary Fiber||3.5 g|
|Fat Content||0.6 mg|
|Folic Acid||31.2 mcg|
|Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids||35.1 mg|
|Omega 6 Fatty Acids||93.6 mg|
|Vitamin A||1328 IU|
|Vitamin B1||0.1 mg|
|Vitamin B2||0.1 mg|
|Vitamin B3||0.7 mg|
|Vitamin B5||0.4 mg|
|Vitamin B6||0.2 mg|
|Vitamin C||52.1 mg|
|Vitamin E||0.4 mg|
A one cup serving of tangerine contains approximately 103 calories.
Tangerine Health Benefits
The above segment shows the nutrition content of a specific serving of tangerine. Now, what does it all mean in terms of health benefits of consuming tangerine? Let’s find out.
- Being high in antioxidants like Vitamin C and Vitamin E, tangerines are excellent blood purifiers, as they are capable of expelling toxins and unnecessary chemicals such as extra sodium and water from the system. As such, people who suffer from water retention benefit a lot from including tangerines in their daily diets.
- Being high in Vitamin C, water and dietary fiber, tangerines are good for the digestive system, and are known to relieve constipation. These qualities also make them great dietary inclusions for a weight loss regime.
- Vitamin C and calcium content of tangerines ensure strong teeth, healthy gum and are beneficial for maintenance of overall, oral well-being.The wholesome bouquet of B vitamins, which are good for the nerves and immune system, act as energy providers and stress busters, keeping you active and fresh.
- The tangy, refreshing aroma of tangerines are captured by way of essential oils extracted from them. This citrus essential oil is a tried and tested stress reducer and rejuvenates the body and mind when applied to the body and head during an aromatherapy massage session. Simply adding a few drops to lukewarm bath water unlocks and refreshes the senses.
Apart from the above mentioned benefits, being a rich source of a wide variety of B vitamins (which are nerve-soothers), tangerines are especially beneficial for those who experience spasms of the digestive or respiratory system. Regular consumption of tangerines have been known to correct hormonal imbalances to a significant extent. If you haven’t experienced the deliciously wholesome goodness of tangerines yet, then I’m sure, after reading about the various tangerine nutrition facts provided here, you’d want to grab bag-fulls of tangerines off the shelf of that fruits’ supermarket near your place. Have a citrus blast with this tangy tongue teaser!