The importance of Vitamin C cannot be overstated, especially so in the winter season. Apart from maintaining the overall healthy functioning of the body, this humble Vitamin has a number of health benefits. Orange and citrus fruits are supposedly the kings of Vitamin C, as they are known to have the vitamin in high quantities. It is said that a single orange can fulfil a significant portion of your recommended dietary allowance of Vitamin C. But did you know that there are many more foods that are higher in Vitamin C content than even a whole orange?
Here Are 10 Fruits And Vegetables That Have More Vitamin C Than Orange:
Yellow and red fruits are usually credited with having high vitamin content, but guava is a fruit that stands tall as an exception. A single guava fruit, weighing 100 grams, has over 200mg of Vitamin C content (as per the USDA), which is almost twice as high as that in an orange.
Pineapple is an underrated nutrient powerhouse - the fruit contains huge amounts of vitamin C. A mineral which is rarely found in natural foods, manganese, is also found in pineapple making it a great addition to the diet.
Strawberries are known for their antioxidant properties all over, but they are also a rich source of vitamin C. Their vitamin C content is slightly more than that in a single orange.
If you're looking for a healthy snack option or a way to add 'green' to your diet, Kiwi fruit is the way to go. Just one kiwi fruit contains up to 84mg of vitamin C, along with other vital vitamins such as vitamin K and E.
Mangoes are naturally high in vitamin C and beta-carotene, and thus help in boosting immunity as well. Green mangoes actually have more vitamin C content than their yellow or red counterparts.
Papaya is best enjoyed fresh, whether as a salad or in the form of a juice. Half a papaya, if eaten raw, provides a significantly higher amount of Vitamin C than a single orange.
Apart from being a great vegetable for maintaining overall health, broccoli is also a great naturally occurring source of vitamin C, which helps repair damaged tissue and maintaining a healthy immunity.
Kale has a number of health benefits, and one of them is being high in vitamins C and K. A delicious kale juice is the way to add it to your diet or can even be replaced in pesto sauce, in place of basil.
9. Red And Yellow Bell Peppers
Red and yellow bell peppers are super rich in antioxidants, which help in maintaining eye and heart health. They also contain high amounts of vitamin C, which boosts collagen level and may help to prevent lung cancer too.
So, next time you're looking for ways to add to your diet that are naturally high in vitamin C, try one of these options instead of using the regular orange.
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