5 reasons to consume clementines

Clementines are one of the most consumed fruits in the world. They contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
5 reasons to consume clementines

Last update: 07 February, 2021

Whether you call them mandarins, tangerines, or clementines, these fruit offer health benefits that we shouldn’t overlook.

The mandarin fruit is one of the most widely consumed citrus fruits in the world.

Among the citrus fruits, we find mandarins, oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, and pomelos.

All of them are very healthy and have a low glucose index. Therefore, it’s ideal for people that need to control their blood sugar levels, such as people suffering from diabetes or obesity.

Properties of clementines

Clementines provide vitamins C, E, B-group vitamins, and minerals such as potassium, calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium. They also contain fiber, carbohydrates, amino acids, and water.

Antioxidants

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Clementines and tangerines are a great source of vitamin C. According to this article, the amount of vitamin C in a clementine is 35 milligrams per every 100 grams of clementine.

This vitamin is a very powerful antioxidant. It’s capable of neutralizing free radicals that can damage and age our bodies.

Additionally, this fruit contains vitamin A, which is necessary for eye and immune health.

Dietary fiber

Dietary fiber is associated with the prevention of digestive issues. There are two types of dietary fiber, and clementines have both.

The first type is insoluble fiber, which facilitates intestinal transit. It reduces the risk of contracting diverticulitis and treats gastrointestinal symptoms.

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The second type of fiber is soluble fiber. Its main benefits include the reduction of cholesterol and controlling blood glucose levels.

To take advantage of the fiber available in clementines and all of the benefits it offers to our health, it’s important to eat it whole. If we only drink the juice, we won’t obtain all the beneficial fiber, which remains in the pulp.

Calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium for the bones

Clementines contain calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium. These elements are vital for bone health, which in turn helps prevent osteoporosis.

One cup of clementine slices provides between 2 and 4% of the daily recommended intake of these three minerals.

Considerations for consuming clementines

Given their flavor and how easy they are to consume, clementines make for a great snack. They can also act as a side for kid’s school lunches.

Also, remember that it’s best to eat a whole clementine or one cup full of clementine slices instead of drinking just its juice. Overall, you need to take into account that, despite its properties, clementines do not substitute any medical treatment.

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