How many calories in a clementine?

[Article updated on 19/09/2023]

Round, fragrant, easy to peel and with an intense taste, clementines are among the most appreciated and consumed fruits during the cold winter months. Their properties are multiple, starting with the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that they owe to their high vitamin C content. This compound supports the immune system and stimulates the production of collagen. But how many calories do clementines contain?

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How many calories are in a clementine?

100 g of clementine provides 47 kcal (192 kJ). Which places this fruit at the level of orange, melon and apricot. It is therefore a medium energy fruit.

clementine calories

Clementine: Protein, carbohydrate and lipid content

Clementine contains proteins, carbohydrates and fats. It is particularly rich in antioxidants such as hesperidin, narirutin and beta-carotene, which help reduce inflammation, promote healthy cell growth and support sugar metabolism.

Clementine nutritional value table

Nutrientsclementine: content per 100 grams
-with sugar9.18g
-of which starch0g
-including dietary fiber1.7g
-including cholesterol0g
-of which saturates0g

How much does the average clementine weigh?

A clementine weighs on average 74 g and provides around 35 kcal. Note that the amount of calories from one medium-sized clementine is similar to the amount of calories from, say, half an apple or 1.5 teaspoons of sugar. To burn these calories (35 kcal) you must, for example, cycle for at least 5 minutes, swim for 4 minutes or run for 4 minutes. Clementine calories come from 6% protein, 91% carbohydrates and 3% fat.

Vitamin content of clementine

Clementines are tasty and healthy. They are rich in many vitamins. According to Apritel (Agency for Research and Information in Fruits and Vegetables), a 100 g portion of clementine contains, among other things:

  • 49.20 mg of vitamin C;
  • 27.60 ug of vitamin B9;
  • 0.20 mg of vitamin B5;
  • 0.21 mg of vitamin E;
  • 0.23 mg of vitamin B3;
  • and 24.5 ug vitamin A equivalent.

Since clementines contain a lot of vitamin C, their consumption improves not only health, but also the condition of the skin. This compound supports the synthesis of collagen, a protein complex that gives the skin firmness, roundness and structure. Thanks to vitamin C, the skin appears healthier and younger, and the visibility of wrinkles is reduced. Acne lesions, redness and discoloration are soothed with vitamin C.

Mineral content of clementine

A clementine contains several mineral salts. These include:

  • zinc;
  • magnesium;
  • manganese;
  • potassium;
  • sodium;
  • calcium;
  • iron.

Does clementine contain food additives?

No, clementine does not contain any food additives.

Do clementines make you gain weight?

During a diet, you wonder about each food and even the choice of clementines as an alternative snack or as a quick snack. Have you asked yourself: “Are clementines fattening?” “.

These fruits are low in calories. However, the amount of fructose contained means that eating 300 grams of clementines is equivalent to drinking a can of soft drink. Therefore, they should be eaten in smaller portions than apples, pears and kiwis, especially if you have diabetes or are particularly overweight.

That said, clementines remain among the fruits richest in vitamin C, mineral salts and fiber. The presence of ascorbic acid gives energy. Clementines are therefore excellent for countering seasonal ailments or for giving energy to athletes. Ultimately, clementines do not make you gain weight when consumed reasonably.

Clementines: why eat them?

Clinical studies have shown that citrus consumption is associated with the prevention of certain types of cancer, such as esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer, oral cancer, and throat cancer. Moderate consumption of citrus fruits (1 to 4 servings per week) reduces the risk of cancer affecting the digestive tract and upper respiratory tract. Consumption of clementine has been shown to prevent cardiovascular disease. The antioxidant compounds of clementines (limonoids) have shown anti-tumor activity in vitro and in animal models. They can reduce the proliferation of breast, stomach, lung, oral and colon cancer cells.

Consumption of orange, grapefruit and clementine juice lowers blood cholesterol and triglycerides. It prevents the process leading to atherosclerosis. A study of women showed that regular consumption of clementines in winter has a positive effect on lipid balance. In children with high cholesterol, the juice is believed to reduce the oxidation of lipids and proteins in the blood and improve the antioxidant effect.