Did you know that the tangerine, a variety of mandarin orange, takes its name from the city of Tangier in Morocco,? It was originally imported from China where the tangerine has been cultivated for over 3000 years.
Oh Sweet Tangerine Juice how do I love thee……let me count the ways!
When you stop and think about it, every morning you start your day off with a glass of Florida Liquid Sunshine you know it’s going to be a better day. And tangerines belongs to a special and rare class of fruits that can be eaten everyday due to its low calorie count and high vitamin content. My favorite way to consume tangerines is in juice form. It makes it a whole lot easier to get my daily dose of Florida Sunshine!
“A medium tangerine has 47 calories, 12g of carbohydrates and 24 mg of vitamin C, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This amount of vitamin C represents 32 percent of the recommended dietary allowance, or RDA, of this vitamin for women and 27 percent of the RDA for men. A medium tangerine also contains 599 IU, or international units, of vitamin A, 136 mcg of beta-carotene and 146 mg of potassium”
There are so many reasons to love Tangerines and Tangerine Juice, so lets take a look at my Top Ten Reasons to Drink Tangerine Juice. (Source: Ask chef dennis: Tangerine juice)
CITRUS JUICE IS MORE NUTRIENT-DENSE THAN MANY JUICES:
In a study comparing various fruit juices, researchers gave citrus juices higher nutrient density scores than other popular juices such as apple, grape and pineapple. So if you’re going to drink juice, it makes more sense to drink tangerine juice and get all the benefits that nature supplies.
We all know that Americans just don’t consume enough fruits and vegetables. In a study using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) researchers found that 80 percent of Americans don’t meet the USDA’s daily requirements. Tangerine juice counts toward your fruit goal and it’s an easy and delicious way to add more servings to your daily intake of fruits and vegetables.
PROVIDES VITAMIN C
Vitamin C, an essential vitamin that cannot be synthesized by the human body, is an important antioxidant, a substance that protects the body against the harmful effects of free radicals, the molecules that may cause tissue damage and early aging.
IMPROVES DIASTOLIC BLOOD PRESSURE
Regular tangerine and orange juice consumption may improve diastolic blood pressure, suggests a study published by “The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” in January 2011. According to this study, orange juice contains hesperidin, a healthy water-soluble plant pigment. Hesperidin serves to improve the activity of small blood vessels, blood pressure and decrease the cardiovascular risk biomarkers in susceptible patients.
RICH ANTIOXIDANTS PREVENT INFLAMMATION
Oranges are naturally a great source of Vitamins for the human body. And so are the Tangerines, with their rich Vitamin C sources providing the perfect antioxidants required for the body. These antioxidants help prevent inflammation in the body. They are known to prevent the formation of free radicals that make unnecessary oxidation reactions possible which may not be beneficial for the body.
The intake of glucose and high-fat meals induces the development of inflammatory reactions within the body. Inflammatory reactions lead to the development of increased insulin resistance, a common cause of Type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis, the hardening of blood vessel walls due to fat deposition. As mentioned in a study published in the April 2010 “The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,” the intake of orange juice, together with a high-carbohydrate, high-fat meal, prevents the occurrence of inflammation within the body, making it a good preventive measure against the development of insulin resistance and atherosclerosis.
RESTRICTS CHOLESTEROL ABSORPTION
Tangerine consists of fibers like pectin and hemi-cellulose that restrict the absorption of cholesterol in the gut which helps reduce the risk of obesity.
HEALS CUTS & WOUNDS
Tangerines are rich in antioxidants that can help in the healing process of minor cuts and wounds
ABSORBS IRON FROM FOOD
Tangerines help in the absorption of iron from iron rich foods you eat.
IMPROVES DIGESTION & HELPS PREVENTS CHRONIC DISEASES
The dietary fiber in this fruit also improves digestion that is good for the overall working of the body. Also the chance of contracting a number of chronic diseases can be lessened with adequate consumption of tangerines and other citrus fruit.
TREATS SKIN CONDITIONS & DELAYS SIGNS OF AGEING
Tangerines are a good source of vitamin A. If you are suffering from any skin diseases, such as acne, pimple, health practitioners encourage the consumption of vitamin A and apply products that are derivatives of the vitamin. Hence tangerines can be a good option for treating these skin problems. When it comes to healing wounds and other damages to the skin, vitamin A is essential for these, since it helps the skin rebuild tissues. Vitamin A can help control or remove any skin aging symptoms such as fine lines, wrinkles, dull skin at bay, due to its anti aging properties.
Vitamin C helps stimulates the production of collagen in your skin and collagen is the protein responsible for making your skin supple.