Can’t stomach the acid of orange juice? Try some of these fruits and vegetables to get your vitamin C. They’re more versatile in taste and offer a wide array of colors.
Most of us were told to drink our orange juice or to load up on the fruit itself to prevent a cold. If we came down with the dastardly virus we pushed the C even more in hopes to get rid of it sooner. Recent research suggests that extra C won’t cure a cold but may prevent complications from it.
Other benefits of the vitamin are a boost to the immune system, decreased stress and risk of stroke–it even helps to prevent wrinkles. That’s great news unless your stomach is turned upside down from the daily requirement of 90mg for men and 75mg for women.
So how can we get our fair share of C without the acid?
- Bell Peppers
- Brussel sprouts
True, a few of the foods on this list may give you just as much tummy trouble but have you experimented to know for sure?
Red, green and yellow bell peppers have more Vitamin C than an orange. And if you munch on a yellow one you’ll get 340mg on the spot.
Just one cup of brussel sprouts will give 75mg and one of kohlrabi 84mg. If you’ve never given these vegetables a try, now is the time. Remember, we’re aging and we need some help with dry skin and wrinkles.
Fruits that add a punch of vitamin C
Two kiwis contain 128mg of C and may help to improve your sleep. A cup of pineapple has 79mg and a whole mango has 122mg. And great news for diabetics, the bright and cheery strawberry helps to stabilize blood sugar while providing 85mg of vitamin C per cup.
One of the things I appreciate about my grandkids is that they’ll try any type of food I set before them. I’m not saying they’ll like it but they have to give it the two-bite try.
And they all love fruit salads, although they aren’t convinced of things like kohlrabi and brussel sprouts.
If grandma and grandpa change it up to get their vitamin C, we may earn a following. If not, give them an orange!