Can Tangerines Keep You Healthy and Slim?

Can Tangerines Keep You Healthy and Slim?© iStockphoto/Thinkstock

The tiny tangerine is a powerful superfood, say researchers at the University of Western Ontario. Not only can a substance found in tangerines combat obesity, it also keeps arteries healthy, and protects against type 2 diabetes.

Scientists fed mice a high-fat, high-sugar diet similar to that of most western societies. One group of mice became obese, with elevated cholesterol and insulin levels, and a fatty liver—symptoms that increase the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

But mice given nobiletin, a substance found in tangerines, did not gain weight, get a fatty liver, or have elevated blood fats—despite consuming the same diet. These mice also had less fatty build-up in their arteries, which can lead to heart attacks and stroke.

Nobiletin was 10 times more effective than a similar compound found in grapefruit.

Scientists believe that the substance could be of use to humans.

“The nobiletin-treated mice were basically protected from obesity,” says Dr. Murray Huff, who led the research. “This study really paves the way for future studies to see if this is a suitable treatment for metabolic syndrome and related conditions in people.”

Sources:, The Vancouver Sun, American Diabetes Association, Obesity Hub,, The Express

Want to stay smart and healthy?

Get our weekly Health Reads newsletter

how we use your e-mail

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram


A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.


Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.


Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”


Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.