Keeping our immune system healthy is top of mind right now, and vitamin C supplements and pills have never been more abundant. But this water-soluble vitamin is naturally present in all different types of foods that you probably enjoy on a regular basis. When we eat vitamin C-rich foods as opposed to isolating it in pill form, we're also reaping the benefits of the other incredible vitamins and minerals that the whole food has to offer.
Food should always come first, and we know that vitamin C in particular functions as an antioxidant and also plays a major role in immune function (not to mention helping reduce risk of several chronic diseases). Vitamin C can even help individuals with iron deficiency anemia, as it enhances absorption of iron-rich foods. The recommended dietary allowance for healthy adults is 75mg of vitamin C daily for women and 90mg for men, so this vitamin C foods list only includes good or excellent sources of vitamin C that meet 10-20% or more of the daily value. Read on to learn which foods are best to incorporate into your diet to reap their vitamin C benefits.
Probably the mascot of vitamin C foods, oranges are in fact abundant in the micronutrient. Just one medium sized orange contains 70mg of vitamin C, making it an excellent source as it provides 78% of the daily value. Our favorite kind is Sumo Citrus, an enormous super-sweet fruit that is exceptionally easy to peel and packs in 163% of the daily value. If you prefer orange juice, opt for "100% Orange Juice" with no added sugar varieties.
You can thank Mom for telling you to finish your broccoli all these years. Seriously, just 1/2 cup of raw broccoli offers up 39mg vitamin C or 43% daily value. A must-have kitchen staple is GH Nutritionist Approved Green Giant Cauliflower and Broccoli Riced Veggiesmade from 100% vegetables, so you can season it your way.
This refreshing fruit contains 64mg or 71% of the daily value vitamin C in just a one medium kiwi serving. Varieties like golden kiwis have even more vitamin C, making them an exceptional source of the micronutrient.
This pretty yogurt parfait topper is rich in vitamin C, with 1/2 cup sliced strawberries providing 49mg or over 50% of the daily value. They have a rich antioxidant capacity and offer a dose of filling fiber too.
5.Red Bell Pepper
This crudite favorite packs in 95mg or over 100% of the daily value for vitamin C in just half a cup. As one of the richest food sources of vitamin C, red bell peppers have a slew of health benefits and flavor. Try them chopped in salad or transformed into red pepper hummus.
6.Green Bell Pepper
Although green bell peppers don't boast as much vitamin C as their red counterparts, they still offer 60mg in just a 1/2 cup serving which provides 67% of the daily value. They pair great sautéed with fajita veggies or make a perfect sturdy veggie for dipping.
We love this vibrant citrusy fruit that boasts 39mg vitamin C or 43% of the daily value in just half of a medium grapefruit. Eat an entire one and you'll be close to hitting your daily vitamin C requirements for the day. The juice itself also has quite a bit of vitamin C, just be sure to look for "100% Grapefruit Juice" with no added sugar.
Mango salsa anyone? This refreshing tropical fruit is just as nutritious as it is delicious. A 3/4 cup serving of mango pieces packs in 45mg of vitamin C or half your day's worth. Plus, it's a good source of folate and copper too.
Half a cup of this yummy melon offers 29mg or 32% of your daily vitamin C needs, making it an excellent source of the nutrient. Enjoy it on its own or change things up with our Cucumber and Cantaloupe Salad with Savory Quinoa Crumble recipe.
Those juicy tomato slices on your daily lunch sandwich are actually doing some good for your body. One medium tomato packs in 17mg of vitamin C or 19% of the daily value, making it a good source of the micronutrient. And cooking tomatoes, like in sauce or stews, can actually increase the amount of lycopene (a potent antioxidant found in tomatoes) that the body can absorb.