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Carbs in Oranges

Nutritional Information, Glycemic Index, and Glycemic Load for Oranges

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Updated April 11, 2014

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Although oranges have a moderate level of sugars, they are also packed with nutrients. If you can, make room in your diet for an occasional serving.

Carbohydrate and Fiber Counts for Oranges

  • ½ cup orange sections: 8.4 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 2 grams fiber and 32 calories.

  • 1 medium orange (2 and 2/3 inches diameter; 4.5 oz): 12 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 3 grams fiber and 95 calories.

Glycemic Index for Oranges

The averages in studies of oranges ranged between 31 to 51, with an average glycemic index of 42.

More Information about the Glycemic Index

Glycemic Load of Oranges

  • ½ cup of orange sections: 3
  • 1 medium orange (2 inches to 2 5/8 in diameter): 4

More Information about the Glycemic Load

Health Benefits of Oranges

Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of potassium, thiamin, and folate. They also contain a relatively large variety and amounts of phytonutrients, which can protect cells from damage, lower risk of cardiovascular disease, and provide other health benefits.

More Information About Oranges at Calorie Count Plus.

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Sources: Leroux, MarcusFoster-Powell, Kaye, Holt, Susanna and Brand-Miller, Janette. "International table of glycemic index and glycemic load values: 2002." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vol. 76, No. 1, 5-56, (2002).

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 20.

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