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Dole Nutrition Institute answeredAs the top citrus source of pectin, tangerines may make you feel fuller: Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo found that pectin consumption reduces caloric intake in the obese. Studies also show that this soluble fiber benefits your heart by helping lower blood cholesterol levels. Tangerines are a top source of beta-cryptoxanthin, which is linked to lower lung- and prostate-cancer risk. British researchers found that people in the top one-third of beta-cryptoxanthin intake were almost half as likely to develop polyarthritis (inflammation affecting two or more joint groups) as those in the lowest third.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.