Where else is Vitamin C hiding?

These next few blog posts are all centred around building up immunity for the cold winter months fast approaching. As I sit here at my dining room table, blanket around my shoulders, rain pouring down outside, I ask myself about that very popular Vitamin that is packed full in oranges but ask myself where else is it hiding? After all, as we know, oranges are touch and go in this country. Its not like you bite into a orange and guaranteed its going to be juicy, succulent, sweet, fresh and delicious – more often than not, they seem to be hard, tasteless and pretty un-inspiring really. So where else can we find this magic vitamin?

A cup of chopped red bell pepper contains nearly three times more vitamin C than an orange—190 mg. Red peppers are also a great source of vitamin A, which promotes eye health.

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Fancy getting 80.4 mg of vitamin C? Then say hi to Kale! In addition, one cup of kale also offers you twice your recommended daily intake of vitamin A and seven times the recommended amount of vitamin K. This is king of nutrition also giving large doses of minerals and fatty acids.

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Whether you roast it, steam it, or mash it, eating a small head of cauliflower gives you a 127.7 mg dose of vitamin C, plus 5 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein. If however you are not a fan, broccoli is equally as nutritious offering 132mg dose.

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Fancy more fruit – options are endless. Go for strawberries, papaya, kiwi, mango, or pineapple – they each have more vitamin C than an orange and are of course also packed full of other wonderful nutrients.

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So, next time you are out shopping for fruit and veg, consider these as cold preventing foods to stock up and keep well in the winter. It’s not to say oranges are not wonderful as they are – but hopefully this offers you some alternatives.

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