Mandarin is the main fruit of winter holidays, one of the favorite sources of vitamin C. You can eat a lot of them, especially when you managed to buy ripe ones, that are, sweet and juicy. But even with such a healthy fruit, you should be careful – we don’t know exactly how many of them are needed per day.
Let’s start with the most important thing – choosing tangerines. After all, if they are dry or, even worse, very sour, then the money is wasted. And we also need to get pleasure and saturate the body with vitamins. Therefore, it is important to know the following.
How to choose sweet tangerines
- If the tangerine is shiny, then it is fresh.
- The fruit should be medium in size. The large ones have many white veins, and the small ones have pits.
- Smell the tangerines when you choose. Often they are rubbed with vegetable oil to look appealing.
- If the skin is dull, the fruit was picked still green, and it “reached” in a box in the warehouse.
- The tangerines that have ripened on the tree are heavier. Therefore, you can take two identical fruits and compare.
- If the fruit is sticky, it could mean that it was treated with chemicals.
- If the tangerine is juicy in appearance, but after pressing on the peel, a dent remains for a long time, it is frozen. Frozen citrus loses almost all its properties.
- Be sure to wash your tangerines before peeling them.
Tangerines are rich in ascorbic acid
- Caloric content – 53 kcal per 100 g.
- Vitamins: C, B1, B2, B3 (PP), B4, B5, B6 and B9.
- Minerals: calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium.
A reasonable serving of tangerines is 3 at a time. Want more? Better to wait a couple of hours .
What are the health benefits of tangerines
- They have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect.
- Helps absorb iron from food.
- Reduces cholesterol levels.
- They improve digestion, facilitate bowel function.
- Cleanses the body of toxins.
- Reduces anxiety, stress, and even helps fight depression.
- Mandarins have tonic properties and help to strengthen the immune system.
- Not only the pulp is useful, but also the crusts, they contain many antioxidants.
- Vitamin B12, which is found in tangerines, reduces hair loss.
Mandarins: who needs to be careful with them
- Those who have problems with the gastrointestinal tract. The acid – due to its high level – is highly irritating to the stomach and intestines.
- Those who have a tendency to allergic reactions.
- Give children a little and only after the main meal.
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Sources: Today Lifestyle