With very few calories and a respectable amount of vitamins and minerals, the orange and tangerine proudly represent the citrus fruits in the winter season. Some will prefer the sweeter tangerine (7% more sugar) and seedless, compared to those who prefer the large and pampering orange. Alongside the external gaps, are there any differences or health benefits to any of these fruits?
The nutritional value of oranges and tangerines is very similar. Both are relatively low in calories, rich in water, contain almost no fat and are a good source of dietary fiber. Both have a high concentration of antioxidants of various types, and are rich in calcium and essential oils that have a beneficial effect on the digestive system.
A classic orange contains – 47 calories, 10 grams of sugar, 180 milligrams of potassium, 53 grams of vitamin C, and 2.4 grams of fiber. A tangerine of the same size contains – 45 calories, 10 grams of sugar, 175 milligrams of potassium, 45 milligrams of vitamin C and 2.3 grams of fiber.
Orange – Benefits:
Along with the many similarities there are some gaps that can make you focus more on one of the fruits. Orange contains relatively more vitamin C, which is responsible, among other things, for reducing colds, and is an important antioxidant for the production of collagen in the skin. Vitamin C helps maintain a beautiful skin appearance, by helping to fight against skin damage caused by the sun and air pollution. In addition, oranges contain more citric acid and citrates which have an effect on preventing the formation of kidney stones, drinking orange juice is known to reduce uric acidity and is therefore effective in treating kidney stones.
In addition, orange leads to tangerine in higher percentages of vitamin A which is responsible among other things for improved vision, it also has more vitamin E that protects against cardiovascular disease. Finally, the orange peel contains a high concentration of limonin, an antioxidant that kills cancer cells.
Tangerine – Benefits:
Tangerine leads in the rates of vitamins B6 and B1, vitamins that help high metabolism. Vitamin B1 deficiency can lead to weakness, loss of appetite and weight loss, insomnia and memory impairment. Tangerines also contain more folic acid which reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, and in addition, tangerines are known to be specifically beneficial in treating respiratory diseases like bronchitis, stomatitis and asthma.
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