Tangerines are in the citrus family of fruits. They are small and dark orange with loose skin that easily peels. This fruit provides an array of nutrients and health benefits.
A tangerine has 23.5 mg of vitamin C, or 39% of the amount that the Food and Drug Administration recommends consuming daily. Vitamin C helps build collagen, which is important for healthy skin. It also protects tissue and organs from free radicals, which are harmful byproducts of your metabolism which can cause premature aging and diabetes if left unchecked. The fruit contains 1.6 grams of fiber, which is 6% of the amount that the Food and Drug Administration recommends consuming daily. Fiber provides hunger satisfaction, and binds with excess cholesterol in the digestive track to prevent its absorption into the bloodstream, where it can lead to cardiovascular disease. It also helps to regulate bowel movements.
Tangerines provide 5900 IU, which is 12% of the required daily amount. Vitamin A supports healthy vision. It provides a healthy mucosal lining of the nose, throat, and digestive track to protect against harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
The juice of the tangerine is 85% water. Water helps maintain a healthy blood pressure and helps to flush out toxins from the body that are produced by normal metabolic processes.
The glycemic score, which measures the tangerine’s effect on blood sugar, is low and will not cause a sudden increase in blood glucose. Including low-glycemic foods in the diet is important to avoid possible pre-diabetic conditions.
The verdict? Tangerines are healthy for you and provide a tasty, fun snack that is easily accessible for on-the-go snacking.
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