Ugli Health Benefits

The ugli ( Citrus reticulata x Citrus paradisi ) , which was initially called tangelo, is a citrus fruit of Jamaican origin. The word “ugly” means ugly in English and, due to the rather peculiar appearance, the name has been changed.

In Portuguese, this name is known as ugli orange.

With regard to nutritional value, it can be said that it is close to orange. Orange produces more calories per serving, however, it contains more fiber and sugars. Furthermore, the fruit has B-complex vitamins, which help in the treatment of oral diseases.


The tree can reach between 15 and 20 meters. With regard to the bark, in addition to being thick, it can be found in green, orange, yellow and greenish-yellow color. The pulp is orange and can measure between ten and fifteen centimeters in diameter.


Here are some benefits of ugli:

1. Helps with weight loss

As this fruit is low in calories and does not contain carbohydrates or fat, it is advisable for people who want to lose weight to add ugli to their diet, as well as to practice physical activities.

Additionally, this fruit has a considerable amount of fiber. Therefore, ugli will promote a feeling of fullness for a longer time.

2. Acts on the immune system

As with most citrus fruits, this fruit is a great source of antioxidants and vitamin C. It is worth mentioning that antioxidants are important nutrients as they work against excess free radicals.

3. Provides heart benefits

Ugli acts on coronary health, as it has a high antioxidant load. This fruit has pectin, which works to reduce cholesterol levels. When introduced in the individual’s diet, added to the constant practice of physical activities, it can be of great help in muscle recovery after training.


Here are some properties of ugli:

1. Strengthening the immune system

Ugli has vitamin C, one of the most powerful antioxidants. In addition to ridding the body of excess free radicals, it helps the proliferation of infectious diseases. In addition, the fruit can ward off illnesses such as the flu and cold, for example.

2. Decreases the incidence of cramps

It is known that calcium and potassium are nutrients intrinsically linked to the maintenance of bone health. Thus, regular consumption of this fruit is advisable to avoid bone diseases, such as osteoporosis, for example. As potassium balances the amount and circulation of fluids, ugli helps prevent muscle pain and cramps. Therefore, the consumption of ugli is very advisable for people who practice sports.

3. Helps in the intestinal tract

The fibers present in this fruit act in the regular functioning of the intestine. In addition, they can help to treat constipation.

4. Protects heart health

One of the great benefits of this fruit is the maintenance of coronary health, since it reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol.

Still in this scenario, the fruit can be consumed in order to fight diabetes, as it has a low glycemic index and balances the level of sugar in the bloodstream.

5. Prevents premature aging

Vitamin C is an extremely important nutrient for the skin, since it stimulates the production of collagen, responsible for the skin’s elasticity. Remember to always use sunscreen.


Ugli can be found in large supermarket chains, municipal markets and horticultural products between the months of December and April. Furthermore, it is possible to find it on sales websites.

In order to be successful in the purchase, it is suggested that you purchase fruits that are moistened and that sink a little. Avoid buying fruit that is crushed.


Whichever medium you choose to acquire ugli, it will be expensive. This is because it is an exotic fruit, so there is no production in the country.

With regard to storage, the ideal is that it is left at room temperature, which can last up to a week. If you want to leave it in the fridge, the time and shelf life can be up to two weeks.

Although it may seem a little difficult to find this fruit and the values ​​it is little exorbitant, the benefits and unique flavor are worth the money invested. In addition, regular consumption, added to healthy habits, will leave the body functioning properly.


If you want to preserve the nutritional properties, it is suggested that it be consumed fresh . To do this, cut it in half and eat the pulp with the aid of a spoon.

Still in this perspective, it is possible to use ugli in several ways. Ugli juice is a good choice for the summer, especially when mixed with orange. If you don’t want adoption with sugar, honey is a good option or brown sugar.

It is added that, in general, ugli is sweet. Therefore, there is no need to add sugars or sweeteners.


Ugli is a combination of fruits: orange, grapefruit and mandarin of Jamaican origin. This fruit is produced only in Jamaica and exported to the rest of the world.

The consumption of this fruit has no side effects.


Here is a recipe with ugli:


To prepare this recipe, you must reserve:

  • 1 cup of hot water;
  • 1 glass of ice water;
  • 1 cup of ugli juice;
  • 1 can of heavy cream;
  • Unflavored gelatin; and
  • Sweeten to taste

To prepare the syrup, you must separate:

  • 1 cup of ugli juice; and
  • 2 tablespoons of honey.

preparation mode

Put the ice water in the gelatin powder, stir until dissolved and wait a few minutes. Heat the dissolved gelatine over a low heat and mix at intervals. Place the gelatine with the juice, cream, sugar and/or sweetener in a blender and blend until they are consistent and smooth.

Once that’s done, take the cream to the fridge. Place ingredients on fire until thickened.

Finally, serve the mousse along with the syrup.

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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