Tangerines and oranges may look alike, but this does not mean they are the same. While oranges are placed at the top of the citrus family, there are other citrus family members that deserve the same attention. Among them are the tangerines, which are actually from the circle of Chinese mandarin oranges.

Here are some key differences between these two citrus fruits that will help you learn which one to eat according to your diet:


When it comes to calories, oranges are low in them, which is why this fruit is chosen by many dieters as part of their salads and desserts. Oranges are also great when eaten raw and can also be juiced. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, an orange is equivalent to 60 calories and almost all of the calories present come from carbohydrates, including starch and sugar. This means that eating oranges can give you the energy that your body needs.

Oranges are also rich in dietary fiber. One whole orange contains 15 grams of carbs, which can help you feel satisfied for a longer period of time. Fiber also helps regulate healthy bowel movements, so you avoid getting constipated. Aside from this, oranges also have one gram of protein with less than one gram of fat.

As for the vitamins, oranges have healthy supply of vitamins and minerals, but the most important is vitamin C. This antioxidant is so rich in oranges with about 70 grams in total, giving you almost 100% of the recommended daily allowance for the vitamin.

Orange vs Tangerine: Only one will emerge on top / PicHelp
Orange vs Tangerine: Only one will emerge on top / PicHelp


While oranges have 60 calories, tangerines contain much lower calories with only 47 calories. Nevertheless, this is because tangerines are smaller compared to oranges. As for carbs, they have 12 grams of carbohydrates, which is three grams less than that of oranges’. However, they almost have the same fat and protein content as with oranges with less than one gram each. While oranges have three grams of fiber, tangerines have two grams.

Tangerines are also rich in vitamin C, but they cannot be compared with oranges as they only have 23.5 milligrams of the said vitamin. Still, this fruit has a lot to offer, including folate, beta-carotene, and other antioxidants.

While it is apparent that oranges are much more nutritious than tangerines, this does not mean you should avoid the latter and just choose oranges. If you are on a diet or you are managing your weight, tangerines are actually a much better choice because they have fewer calories.