Eat Mandarines to Fight Fat

· October 9, 2014

When you want to lose weight, a fundamental strategy is to to avoid sugar at all costs. So, what better way to satisfy this craving for sweets than with a natural substitute?

Mandarines are a basic food that, fortunately, perfectly fit in with a fat-fighting diet. They are also sweet enough to eat as a snack or dessert, which makes them a marvelous substitute for sweets that have a lot of calories. So as you can see, you should eat mandarines to fight fat.

Health Benefits

Mandarines, along with oranges, are very famous of course for their vitamin C content (27 mg for every 100 g). This is particularly important for smokers that may require double the amount of vitamin C than non-smokers to help protect themselves from contracting lung cancer. For women of childbearing age, mandarines are also a source of folic acid, which is known to help prevent birth defects in the neural tube.

Moreover, mandarines contain over 150 different phytochemicals, with over 60 of them being flavonoids. Flavonoids protect blood vessels, reduce inflammation, and are powerful antioxidants. Polyphenolic phytochemicals are antioxidants that help prevent cancer and heart diseases.

Currently, polyphenols are being examined for their role in memory and other brain functions. Another group of phytochemicals, flavanones, especially one called herperidin, can reduce inflammation, blood pressure, and blood cholesterol levels. Herperidin is found in the inner white pulp of mandarines, which is why they recommend eating as much of the white membrane that your taste buds can handle.

The Power of Mandarine Against Fat


A study by the Murray Huff lab team at the University of Western Ontario shows that nobiliten, a flavonoid found in mandarines, prevents the accumulation of fat in the liver through the stimulation of genes involved in burning excess fat and the suppression of the genes responsible for making lipids.

This is the same group that discovered a flavonoid in pomegranates called naringenin, which offers similar protection for obesity and other signs of metabolic syndrome. According to Huff, the thing that is truly interesting for them is that nobiliten is ten times more powerful in its protecting effects compared to naringenin and nobiliten also has the ability to protect you from atherosclerosis.