Varieties and Types of Citrus Nutritional Values: Orange, Tangerine, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit and Kumquats

There are hundreds of different varieties of citrus fruit when all the citrus types are considered. Oranges have the most varieties. Like many other fruits, there is a lot of cross breeding between different types of citrus. One of the most popular hybrids is the Minneola Tangelo, a combination of a grapefruit and a tangerine.

Citrus is used in a variety of different ways. They’re consumed raw, in salads, all kinds of deserts, in juices and every type of cooking imaginable. Citrus is also used in a variety of alcoholic drinks as mixes, from screwdrivers to sangria.

Nutritional Value of Citrus Fruits

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Most citrus has similar nutritional values but there are some differences, especially in the amounts of Vitamin C and sugars. The following nutritional values are based on 100 grams of raw citrus for the purpose of comparing the different types and varieties of citrus. Listed daily values (DV) are based on a 2,000-calorie diet.

All listed values are based on raw citrus, without peels. Citrus has no cholesterol and is a good source of Vitamin C. Citrus is not a good source of protein with less than 1 gram per 100 grams of most citrus types.

Nutritional Value of Oranges (Navel)

  • Oranges are low in calories with 49 and 0 grams of fat content.
  • Oranges are low in sodium with 1 mg, a decent amount of dietary fiber with 2 grams and high in sugar with 8 grams.
  • Oranges are very high in Vitamin C with 59 mg or 99% DV.

Nutritional Value of Tangerines

  • Tangerines are low in calories with 53 and 0 grams of fat content.
  • Tangerines are low in sodium with 2 mg, a decent amount of dietary fiber with 2 grams and high in sugar with 11 grams.
  • Tangerines are high in Vitamin C with 27 mg or 44% DV.

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Nutritional Value of Lemons

  • Lemons are very low in calories with 29 and 0 grams of fat content.
  • Lemons are low in sodium with 2 mg, a decent amount of dietary fiber with 3 grams and lower in sugar than most citrus with 3 grams.
  • Lemons are very high in Vitamin C with 53 mg or 88% DV.

Nutritional Value of Limes

  • Limes are low in calories with 30 and 0 grams of fat content.
  • Limes are low in sodium with 2 mg, a decent amount of dietary fiber with 3 grams and are moderate in sugar with 2 grams.
  • Limes are high in Vitamin C with 29 mg or 48% DV.

Nutritional Value of Grapefruit (Pink and Red)

  • Grapefruits are low in calories with 42 and 0 grams of fat content.
  • Grapefruits have no sodium content, a decent amount of dietary fiber with 2 grams and high in sugar with 7 grams.
  • Grapefruits are high in Vitamin C with 31 mg or 52% DV and a good source of Vitamin A with 23% DV.

Nutritional Value of Kumquats

  • Kumquats are low in calories with 71 and 0 grams of fat content.
  • Kumquats are much higher in sodium than most citrus with 10 mg, a very good source of dietary fiber with 6 grams and high in sugar with 9 grams.
  • Kumquats are very high in Vitamin C with 44 mg or 73% DV.

Citrus contains citric acid and some people may have intolerance to the effects of citric acid. There’s no doubt that citrus is a good source of vitamin C, low in calories, no fat or cholesterol. All of these attributes make citrus a good part of a healthy balanced diet. Other than some people’s intolerance to citric acid, the only other negative to citrus is the amounts of sugars.