Properties of mandarins

Medicinal and nutritional benefits of mandarins


What is a mandarin orange?

A mandarine, mandarin or mandarin orange is the fruit of a mandarin tree (Citrus reticulata). It is not the same than a tangerine, which is a variety of mandarin produced by a tangerine or tangerine tree (Citrus tangerina)

A mandarin has a slightly oval round shape, with a thick and rough skin. The color of its skin is orange with light green tones.

Inside, it contains an edible pulp of a light orange color and a fibrous texture.

Within the fibers of the pulp contains some bones, which are the seeds.

What do mandarins contain? Edible composition of mandarins

Edible composition of mandarines

Main components of mandarin As a source of energy, 100 grams of mandarins give us 44 kilocalories.

Its proportion of nutrients is divided into:

Minerals of mandarine

Mandarine is a fruit rich in potassium, but it also contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and, in less amount, sodium, iron, zinc, selenium, manganese and copper.

Mandarine vitamins

Mandarine is a fruit rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin B9 (folic acid). It also contains other B vitamins and vitamin E.

Benefits of mandarins


Photo of mandarin

  • It has a high water content, which refreshes us and prevents us from dehydrating.
  • It gives us energy to have vitality during the day.
  • It is a poor source of fat and protein.
  • Mandarin orange does not have a high sugar content, but it is a fruit with few carbohydrates. This energy is also easy to assimilate for the body, since its digestion is fast.
  • It is a sugar very different from that provided by refined foods. The natural sugar of the fruit, in this case of mandarins, is absorbed gradually given its content in fiber and fructose.
  • People with diabetes have to note that a mandarin provides a serving of carbohydrates (10 grams of carbohydrates).
  • Mandarins have a moderate content in fiber, which exerts a regulating effect of the intestine, for the prevention of constipation and hemorrhoids. Fiber helps to form the faecal bolus, facilitating evacuation.
  • It is worth to highlight that this fruit has a high content in antioxidants, mainly vitamin C and flavonoids such as hesperidin and rutin.
  • Mandarin helps us eliminate toxins from our body, because of its potassium content.
  • Mandarins are very rich in calcium. Calcium together with phosphorus, maintains the balance of the formation of strong bones.
  • Magnesium helps relax muscles.
  • Because of its content in folic acid (vitamin B9)mandarin helps to grow properly.
  • It protects the skin and helps to keep it healthy, due to its vitamin A content.
  • It protects us from colds and helps to heal wounds, due to their vitamin C content.
  • Protects us from toxins and aging, by its content in vitamin A, C and minerals selenium and zinc.

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

12 June, 2022

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