The small but mighty mandarin orange citrus fruit is packed with health boosting nutrients. Check out why a glass of mandarin orange juice benefits you below!
Did you know that only 1 in 10 adults meet the daily recommended guidelines for fruit?
What if I told you that some of the leading causes of death in the U.S. are the result of chronic diseases, that could be prevented by eating a diet rich in fruit? You would probably want to add more fruit to your diet, right?
One of the easiest ways of doing that is with juice. And if you use citrus fruit like mandarin oranges, you can make a healthy, inexpensive juice without the added sugar of store-bought juices. By making your own mandarin orange juice, you can get the full nutritional value of mandarin oranges.
What Is a Mandarin Orange?
First, let’s discuss what a mandarin orange actually is. You’re probably familiar with tangerines and clementines. But did you know that tangerines and clementines are both types of mandarin oranges? Mandarins are a category that includes several different varieties of oranges.
Unlike a common orange, the taste of a mandarin orange is sweeter and less sour. Mandarin oranges are commonly used in a variety of foods, from being added to salads and desserts to being used to flavor gum and ice cream. Now that we know what one is, let’s look at the health benefits of mandarin oranges.
Mandarin Oranges May Boost Your Immune System
Oranges are a natural source of beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin. Your body turns these antioxidants into vitamin A, which promotes good vision and a healthy immune system. A deficiency in vitamin A may increase your susceptibility to getting sick.
Mandarin Oranges May Prevent Aging
Mandarin oranges are loaded with antioxidants, such as vitamin C. Antioxidants may help counteract the effects of free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can cause oxidative stress, a process that can trigger cell damage and potentially cause aging. In laboratory tests, antioxidants have been shown to counteract oxidative stress.
It’s easy to get your recommended intake of vitamin C. One medium-size mandarin orange has 23.5 mg of vitamin C or 39% of your recommended daily intake. Making a simple juice with a few mandarin oranges will ensure you get your recommended amount of vitamin C.
Mandarin Oranges Provide Heart-Healthy Fiber
When people are looking to add fiber to their diet, most people try to eat more beans and whole grains. But fruits such as mandarin oranges are also good sources of fiber.
Soluble fiber can also help reduce cholesterol levels, decreasing your risk of stroke or heart attack.
Mandarin Oranges Can Help You Maintain or Lose Weight
The soluble fiber in mandarin oranges absorbs water and helps you feel full longer. This could help maintain weight and prevent overeating.
Mandarin oranges are also a low-calorie food. One medium-sized (88 grams) mandarin orange contains only 47 calories.
Make Your Own Mandarin Orange Juice
If you’re interested in adding mandarin oranges to your diet, why not join our Craft Citrus Club?
We harvest our citrus fresh from Texas and ship you a curated selection based on a delivery schedule of your choosing!
Make your own fresh mandarin orange juice with our craft citrus club, and begin enjoying the health benefits of mandarin oranges!