There are only 34.8 calories in a clementine (74 grams). About 32 calories are from carbohydrates, 2 from protein and 1 from fat.
Carbohydrate is the ideal fuel for the body. There are 8.9 grams of carbohydrates in one clementine, 3 percent of the daily value (DV). 6.8 grams are from simple sugars, including sucrose, fructose and glucose. Unlike sugar in a candy bar, the sugars in citrus fruits are digested more slowly which allow energy levels to last longer. Eating one clementine will also provide 1.3 grams of fiber, 5 percent DV. Fiber has multiple health benefits but unfortunately most Americans do not even get close to meeting the recommended doses.
The clementine is not a good source of protein. One fruit has 0.6 grams, 1 percent DV.
This is a perfect snack for those watching fat intake. With only 0.1 grams of fat, it is considered 0 percent DV.
Clementines are cholesterol free.
Clementines are an excellent source of vitamin C. One small fruit contains 36.1 milligrams, 60 percent DV. Vitamin C is a water soluble antioxidant, is essential for the production and maintenance of collagen, protects against infections and promotes the absorption of iron. Other vitamins include folate (17.8 mcg - 4%), thiamin (0.1 mg - 4%), vitamin B6 (0.1 mg - 3%), niacin (0.5 mg - 2%), vitamin E (0.1 mg - 1%) and pantothenic acid (0.1 mg - 1%).
One clementine has 131 milligrams of potassium, 4 percent DV. Potassium is critical to maintaining the heartbeat and is easily depleted during profuse sweating, diarrhea, vomiting and increased urination. People taking diuretics can benefit from eating foods containing potassium. Other minerals include calcium (22.2 mg - 2%), magnesium (7.4 mg - 2%), phosphorus (15.5 mg - 2%) and iron (0.1 mg - 1%).
Note: Daily values may be higher or lower based on individual needs.