10 Vitamin C-Rich Foods Other Than an Orange
Immunity-boosting vitamin C is great, but you don't have to eat an orange to get it. Here are other vitamin C-containing foods to try.
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It’s important to get enough vitamin C
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that your body needs for numerous daily functions. It’s important to consume it daily because the body doesn’t store it. Adult women need at least 75 mg of vitamin C daily, while adult men need at least 90 mg, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Of course, oranges are often the first food that comes to mind. There is about 70 mg of vitamin C in an orange, or 96 mg in one cup of orange sections. However, if you’re not vibing with the citrus, there are plenty of other foods that are loaded with this nutrient too. Read on to learn what other foods contain vitamin C. Added bonus: Some of these are also foods that are high in vitamin A, which could also benefit your health.
Vitamin C content: 60.9 mg
Serving: 1 cup of papaya
Try this recipe: Pineapple Papaya Slaw
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Red or green bell peppers
Vitamin C level: 120-190 mg
Serving: 1 cup of raw pepper
Try this recipe: Turkey-Stuffed Bell Peppers
Vitamin C content: 60 mg
Serving: 1 cup, sliced
Try this recipe: Strawberry Mango Sorbet
Vitamin C content: 102 mg
Serving: 1 cup, cooked
Try this recipe: Cajun Spiced Broccoli
Vitamin C content: 48 mg
Serving: 1 cup
Try this recipe: Bean and Pineapple Soft Tacos
Pineapple is a key ingredient for some of the best healthy desserts that could help you lose weight, if that is one of your goals.
Vitamin C content: 96 mg
Serving: 1 cup, raw
Try this recipe: Savory Brussels Sprouts
Vitamin C content: 64 mg
Serving: 1 medium fruit
Try this recipe: Kiwi Lime Gelatin
Vitamin C content: 53 mg
Serving: 1 cup cooked
Try this recipe: Penne With Kale and Onion
Vitamin C content: 21 mg
Serving: 1 cup, raw
Try this recipe: Cauliflower au Gratin
Vitamin C content: 34 mg
Serving: 1 medium, raw
Try this recipe: Herb-Topped Stuffed Tomatoes
It’s important for everyone to get enough vitamin C, but make sure you also keep an eye out for these silent signs you might have a vitamin C deficiency.
- National Institutes of Health: "Vitamin C"
- U.S. Department of Agriculture: "Food Data Central"
- Vaccariello, L, The Digest Diet: The Best Foods for Fast, Lasting Weight Loss, Reader's Digest, 2013