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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Want More Vitamin C? Look Beyond The Orange!

We all know that oranges are a great source of vitamin C. But did you know that there are other vegetables that have more vitamin C than an orange?

Why vitamin C is important

Vitamin C does so many good things for your body. It acts as an antioxidant that helps prevent cells from damage, it promotes the production of collagen which helps wounds heal, and it strengthens the immune system to protect the body from disease. Some people think they only need vitamin C in the winter, but the truth is that we need vitamin C all the time.

Foods rich in vitamin C

Not only are oranges rich in vitamin C but also other citrus fruits such as grapefruit and kiwi. But don't stop there; look beyond the oranges to find even more vitamin C in vegetables like broccoli, kale, red bell peppers, baked potatoes and tomatoes. Here's a example of the amount of vitamin C contained in one naval orange compared to some vegetables:

  • Orange - 83 milligrams
  • Red bell peppers - one cup has 190 milligrams
  • Broccoli - one serving has 132 milligrams
  • Kale - two cups contain 160 milligrams
  • Kiwi - one serving contains 132 milligrams
  • Cauliflower - one small head has 127 milligrams
How much vitamin C is recommended?

The National Institutes of Health recommends between 75 and 90 milligrams of vitamin C a day for adult females and males respectively.
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