Move Over Oranges! 9 Surprising Foods Packed With Vitamin C
Before you gulp that daily glass of OJ, check out these 9 other surprising foods packed with vitamin C, an essential nutrient required for the development and maintenance of scar tissue, blood vessels, cartilage and more. It’s not all about the oranges anymore. You’re welcome!
High in vitamin C and beta carotene, these colorful veggies have been shown to prevent cataracts, blood clot formation and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Did we mention that they’re also packed with vitamin C. In fact, one half cup of raw red pepper holds over 140 mg of vitamin C. Meanwhile, one cup of chopped green bell pepper contains less vitamin C at 120 mg — still that’s 200% of your recommended daily allowance.
Just 100 grams of this dark leafy green contains 120 mg of vitamin C – more than twice as much as an orange. The nutrition powerhouse also delivers a sizable dose of minerals and fatty acids. Other dark leafy greens like turnip greens, swiss chard and spinach also contain good amounts of vitamin C and make for a great addition to any healthy balanced diet.
A half-cup of chopped or diced chili peppers delivers 107.8 mg of vitamin C. Researchers from the University of Buffalo also found that capsaicin, the compound that makes gives them their kick, may help relieve joint and muscle pain.