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Let Them Eat Tangerines

Monday, December 16, 2013

Ok, so the original phrase was “Let them eat cake,” which was first spoken by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, a Genevan philosopher in his autobiography, Confessions, (no it wasn’t Marie Antoinnette as many people believe). I say, let them eat tangerines. Lately, I have been really into eating tangerines. I’ve always loved them, in fact, I love all fruits. But there is something about the tangerine that has hooked me of late. I already have eaten several today already.

When I discussed it with my doctor, I jokingly told him that I have a serious addiction. “I’m addicted to tangerines,” I told him. He laughed and told me that an addiction to tangerines is an excellent addiction to have. Then he proceeded to rattle off all the great benefits that tangerines offer. I almost thought he was a tangerine salesman the way he was spouting off all the health benefits. I tried to remember all of them but failed. I did recall some of what he told me, and here it is:

Low Calorie: Tangerines are a relatively low calorie food. A moderate-sized tangerine is only about 45 calories. That’s a good snack to have between meals when you get hungry. Low calorie foods help to keep the weight off.

Fiber: If you eat just two, you’re getting 3.5 grams of fiber. Fiber is good because it can tackle hunger. That’s good news. Next time you feel hungry, reach for a tangerine.

Vitamin C: Tangerines are a great source of vitamin C. Like its cousin, the Mandarin orange, a serving packs about 53 milligrams of Vitamin C. That’s almost 2/3 the RDA. Isn’t that special?

Bonus – Tangerine Skins Benefit: You’ve heard of orange zest or lemon zest (If you haven’t, there’s Google.)? Well, try tangerine zest. The skin is found show marked protections against diabetes, arteriosclerosis, and guard against cancer-causing agents. Add to salads, smoothies, oatmeal, or use to make a parfait. 1, 2

Doc mentioned some other things but I don’t remember them all now. I looked up a few things but this is enough for now. Tangerines are a great food, great snack, and looks like a great medicine as well. Go get yourselves some tangerine ASAP, because I left the greatest benefit for last. They’re delicious!


1. www.nhs.uk/news/2011/04A

2. www.schulich.uwo.ca/schu
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    It's been a long time since I had a tangerine. I would rather eat mandarin/clementines - they have more the true "orange-y" flavor that I prefer. But in the dead of winter, having some citrus fruit is an awesome treat, especially knowing that is when they are primarily being harvested and shipped around the country from Texas, Florida, California etc. Mandarins also come from China.

    Funny story - from my youngest years, I remember my late grandpa constantly singing "Oh my darling, oh my darling, oh my darrrrrrrrlihg, Clementine....
    You are lost and gone forEVVVVER, dreadful sorry, Clementine...". It's a real song, had a lot of other verses, which I don't know. But, when he wanted to be smarty-pants, he'd sing, "Oh my darling, oh my darling, oh my darrrrrrrrlihg, Lemon Rind..." (and of course, it all went downhill from there...).

    Soooo here I was - growing up in Florida in the 60's and (that's 1960's to you!), familiar with navel oranges, Valencias, grapefruit, tangerines... but it wasn't really until the past 15-17 years, here in Kansas, when I started seeing and buying the imported crates of bagged up "clementines" (usually the Halo brand, but there are others now.). I remembered my granddad singing that song.

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    Thanks for the great info!
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    I am afraid to say that I still can't distinguish a mandarine from a clementine. emoticon
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