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Benefits of Clementines

on December 7, 2012

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Yesterday we featured how buying in-season is healthier for your family. Today, we wanted to share some health benefits of eating clementines.  A clementine is a small, seedless citrus fruit. It’s also known as a seedless tangerine.  They are popular in the winter and are even known as Christmas oranges. Clementines are packed with nutrients; make a great healthy snack, and kids love them!  Main health benefits include:

Rich in Vitamin C: One clementine contains 36 mg of Vitamin C. For a child up to 8 years old age that would fulfill the daily requirement. Vitamin C also helps to prevent occurrences of many diseases.

Rich in Calcium: Clementines contain 22 mg. of calcium. Calcium is the building block for strong and healthy bones.  It’s an essential mineral, and eating a clementine can help you reach your child’s RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) of calcium.

Potassium:  Clementines are high in potassium. The mineral impacts the body’s muscles. It’s important for mental alertness and storage of energy. Potassium also keeps your heartbeat regular.

Other Benefits: Clementines are a good source of dietary fiber and provide the body with antioxidants. The fruit contains rich amounts of beta carotene which helps to improve vision. Loaded with citric acid, clementines are also great for our skin.

A serving of 100 grams of Clementine provides the following nutrients:

  • Energy – 47 kcal
  • Sugars – 9.18 gm
  • Carbohydrates – 12.02 gm
  • Fat – 0.15 gm
  • Dietary fiber – 1.7 gm
  • Protein – 0.85 gm
  • Fat – 0.15 gm
  • Water – 86.58 gm
  • Thiamine – 0.086 mg

Sources: naturecure.com, livestrong.com

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