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7 Surprising (And Delicious) Sources Of Vitamin C (Slideshow)

7 Surprising (And Delicious) Sources Of Vitamin C (Slideshow)
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My sister, a doctor in the UK, pours scorn on the idea of vitamin supplements. She believes strongly that we can get all the vitamins we need by eating the right foods. Since recent research has called into question the efficacy of Vitamin C pills, she may have a point.

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is important because it helps the body maintain healthy tissues and a strong immune system, and it aids in the absorption of iron. It’s also great if you’re trying to get rid of a cold, and along with calcium and iron, it’s an important part of a diet that counteracts lead poisoning.

However, we humans cannot make vitamin C — we must obtain it from fruits and vegetables in our diets. The recommended dietary allowance for vitamin C is 90 mg for males and 75 mg for females aged 19 years and over. So why not do as my sister suggests, and get adequate amounts of vitamin C by eating some of these delicious fruits and vegetables each day? Here are 7 of my favorite food sources of Vitamin C, taken from the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Guava is at the top of the USDA’s list. It’s packed with vitamin C: one half cup contains 188 mg of vitamin C. Try it by itself or mix it up in a delicious fruit salad.

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12:30PM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

thanks for sharing

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1:33AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Thank you :)

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3:01AM PST on Jan 10, 2013

I eat 2 oranges a day and watermelon after my meals and drink a lot of herb tea with lemon and honey. Also pineapple is high in vitamin C but I cannot eat it due to too much acid for me.
I haven't had a cold for many years. I also eat a lot of green vegetables and salads. I don't take any vitamin C pills.

10:02PM PST on Jan 8, 2013

I grab frozen fruit at the market with the fresh. I crave ice and cold stuff so it works out nutritionally.

7:42AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

fruits i gonna eat like hell !!

9:57AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012


4:00PM PDT on Oct 5, 2012

guess I'll be having more guava, then :)

8:03PM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

i love all of these foods except for guava. that's not exactly common around these parts...

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