Is Citrus High in Calories?

By: The Hale Groves Team | On: | Category: Fruit Facts

Citrus fruits are everyone?s favorite because they are juicy, tasty, and sweet with a little bit of tang giving them the perfect flavor. On top of this they are packed with fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and plant compounds that help ward of diseases, boost the immune system and improve our overall health. Incorporating citrus fruits in our daily diet can add flavor to our meals without adding many calories.

Although citrus is delicious and nutritious, not all citrus fruits are created equal; some have more calories than others so for those whom have to watch their daily calorie intake it is important that aside from knowing the benefits of the citrus fruit you like eating you should also know the calorie content of each of them.

Let us talk about navel orange, ruby red grapefruit, tangerine and honeybells.

  • Navel Orange ? This is the most popular citrus fruit because of its sweet taste, juicy pulp and availability in fruit stands, local markets or grocery stores. It also offers a range of health benefits like lowering the risk of stroke, helping maintain lower blood pressure, fighting off cancer, lowering blood glucose levels and fighting skin damage.

The question now is ?how many calories are in a large navel orange?? One large navel orange contains 87 calories. The number of calories in navel oranges are low but its water and fiber content will fill you up and help you control your hunger.

  • Ruby Red Grapefruit ? Earlier varieties of grapefruits were tart and overly sour but the natural hybrid Ruby Red Grapefruit tastes so much better than its predecessors because it has the perfect combination of sweet and tangy. Like other citrus fruits, Ruby Red Grapefruit contains lots of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that we need for good health. What makes it unique is it contains a special fiber that is particularly good at lowering LDL cholesterol and triglycerides levels.

Compared to calories in a navel orange, calorie content in a Ruby Red Grapefruit is a little bit higher at 97 calories per grapefruit.

  • Tangerine ? This fruit is widely known for its fresh taste, high nutrient content and low calorie count. It is rich in antioxidants that help prevent inflammation, fight skin disease, heal wounds, curb cholesterol absorption, improve digestion and bowel movement and so much more. Tangerine Calorie content is 80 calories per tangerine.
  • Honeybells ? The most sought-after fruit in the fruit basket industry are honeybells. It has more juice than flesh. Honeybells are utterly sweet and shaped like a bell thus the name honeybell. Aside from getting your daily need of Vitamin C, Potassium and Folic Acid, honeybells can also help you in managing diabetes because it is a low Glycemic Index food. This means the natural sugar of this fruit is easily broken down and used to make energy and not stored in the body to be converted into fat.

50 calories per honeybell.

Citrus Fruits Calorie Comparison

Fruit Weight Calories
Ruby Red Grapefruit 230g 97
Lemons 108g 21.6
Limes 67g 20
Navel Orange 184g 87
Tangerine 150g 80
Pomelo 190g 72
Clementine 74g 35
Honeybell 109g 50


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