Top foods high in vitamin C
Vitamin C, the essential go to for a quick immune boost and to help fight off unwanted coughs and colds. Surprisingly though, oranges are not the highest on the list, and certainly not the highest fruit in vitamin c either. See below for the full list.
Vitamin C is also known for its other unique properties, for example, it maintains healthy blood capillaries and along with calcium, helps maintain cartilage. It also aids in the absorption of Iron, and is vital if you are suffering from fatigue or tiredness.
Vitamin C is also necessary for creating ATP and those who go to the gym regularly will know what ATP is. If not read more about ATP here. It is also a great antioxidant.
So what’s on our list of unusual foods high in vitamin C?
1. Chili Peppers
Green and red chili peppers are the winners of the coveted ‘highest surprising vitamin C content of any food’. Who would have thought? Yep Chilli peppers have an insane amount of vitamin C in them! How cool is that? They have about 150 mg per 100g.
Guavas are common tropical style fruits cultivated in many parts of central america. They are similar in taste to a mango and passionfruit combined, or so we’re told. One thing’s for sure, these boast a considerable amount of vitamin C per fruit. 228mg per 100g.
3. Bell Peppers
Try adding to homemade pizzas if you feel you aren’t eating enough. When people think of “foods high in vitamin C” we immediately think of citrus fruits and vibrant tropical colors. Bell peppers? Nope… Well how about 190mg per 100g? Incredible.
4. Fresh Herbs and Leafy Greens
A great source of iron and vitamin C, so perfect for those feeling tired. This one might be familiar with some people. Still, they boast a high percentage of C. This is great for those looking for foods high in vitamin C and Iron together.
5. Broccoli and cauliflower.
Broccoli also has an incredibly high protein content for a vegetable too. There’s actually 90mg per 100g of vit C in Broccoli, so if you’re a big vegetable eater, but not a fan of fruit, don’t worry, you’re not going to get scurvy!
6. Kiwis and Strawberries
A vitamin C content much higher than oranges, and high in antioxidants. Now this is something I didn’t know until recently, but there’s more vitamin c in one small kiwi than there is in one large orange. How’s that for poor primary school teaching?
7. Oranges and related citrus fruit
Last but not least, the easy one: Oranges, Clementines, Tangerines, Satsumas, tangelos, yes you guessed it, all high in vitamin C. Remember that the whole fruit is high in C, so using the zest in cooking is not cheating.
Alternatively, Now foods do a great time release vitamin C with added rose hips extract, great for an immune boost and better energy throughout the day.