December 2017 Food of the Month: Clementines

 Photo courtesy of @snapfitness

Photo courtesy of @snapfitness

 

Season: November through February

Clementines may be small, but they pack a powerful nutritious punch.  On top of other vitamins and minerals, a single clementine has only 35 calories and contains 36 mg of Vitamin C.  That’s over half of what is recommended for you to get in a day! 

While there is no evidence that Vitamin C can help cure a cold, research shows that if taken before symptoms of a cold begin, then it may shorten the duration and severity of a cold.  Include clementines in your diet for a low calorie source of Vitamin C.  They make convenient snacks and go great in salads!  Delicious and nutritious, consistent intake of clementines and other Vitamin C-containing foods may help you get over your next cold a little faster.

Christina LiPuma, RDN, LDN
Spectrum Health Services, Inc.

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/common-cold/in-depth/cold-remedies/art-20046403?pg=2

https://cutiescitrus.com/faq/

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD000980.pub4/full

https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/2434?manu=&fgcd=&ds=