Carb Counts and Health Benefits of Tangerines

Tangerine Nutritional Information, Glycemic Index, Glycemic Load

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Tangerines have a high-nutrient, high-sugar content, so low-carb dieters will want to be careful about portions when they indulge in higher sugar fruits, such as tangerines. See more about Fruit Servings, below.

Carbohydrate and Fiber Count for Tangerines

Serving SizeNutritional Information
1/2 cup tangerine sections11 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 2 grams fiber and 52 calories
1 medium tangerine (2 1/2-inch diameter; 3 ounces)12 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 2 grams fiber and 47 calories

Glycemic Index for Tangerines

There is no scientific study of the glycemic index of tangerines. Some sources have reasoned from other similar foods that it would be around 42. Here is more Information About the Glycemic Index.

Serving SizeEstimated Glycemic Load
1/2 cup of tangerine sections4
1 medium tangerine (2 to 5/8 inches in diameter)3

Here is more Information About the Glycemic Load.

Health Benefits of Tangerines

Tangerines are an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of vitamin A. They also contain a relatively large variety and amount of phytonutrients, which can protect cells from damage, lower inflammation, lower risk of cardiovascular disease and provide other health benefits.

Here is more Information about Tangerines at Calorie Count Plus.

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Fruit Servings

Try to have no more than one fruit serving per meal or snack and limit the fruit servings to no more than two to three servings per day.

One fruit serving is generally considered the equivalent to approximately 15 grams of carbohydrate.  

Here is a list of common fruits and what is considered 1 serving:

  • 1 small piece (4 ounces) apple, orange, peach, pear, plum 
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 2 small tangerines (2 ounces each) or 1 large (4 ounces)
  • 2 small kiwi (2 ounces each)
  • 4 small apricots (1 ounce each)
  • ~1 cup of melon: cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew
  • 15 grapes or cherries 
  • 1/3 medium mango
  • 1 1/4 cup strawberries, 3/4 cup blueberries, 1 cup raspberries and blackberries


Leroux, MarcusFoster-Powell, Kaye, Holt, Susanna and Brand-Miller, Janette. "International table of glycemic index and glycemic load values: 2002." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vol. 76, No. 1, 5-56, (2002)

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 20

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