ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

5 Surprising foods packed with Vitamin C

Updated on September 25, 2016

When people think about giving themselves a natural Vitamin C boost they often reach straight for the oranges or pure orange juice. Oranges aren’t the only food that is packed full of Vitamin C though, in fact there are some quite surprising ones. Here are 5 surprising foods packed with Vitamin C other than the obligatory orange.

Peppers

To give us a benchmark to compare against, oranges are known to contain around 53.2mg (89% DV) of Vitamin C per 100g of the fruit. So what about the humble pepper? Well when you learn that Yellow Bell Peppers contain about 183.5mg (306% DV) of Vitamin C per 100g and Sweet Red Peppers a huge 349% DV, you can see that the pepper isn’t such a humble vegetable after all, at least not when it comes to Vitamin C content.

Broccoli

We all love a bit of broccoli with our Sunday roast, don’t we? Or perhaps you prefer to blanch it and have it nice and crunchy. However you like it, broccoli packs a real Vitamin C antioxidant punch containing about 89.2mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams, or 149% of your recommended daily intake. Amongst other minerals broccoli also contains high amounts of calcium for healthy teeth and bones, and manganese – a trace mineral which helps protect your cells from damage caused by oxidative stress.

Kiwi

So when you think of Vitamin C you think of the color orange, right? Well perhaps we should start thinking of the color green instead. We’ve already mentioned Broccoli and we’re also going to talk about leafy greens in just a minute. Here though we should really mention the Kiwi Fruit, a green colored Vitamin C powerhouse which again contains far more Vitamin C than its fruit bowl friend the orange when we’re talking in grams. 100 grams of Kiwi fruit contains about 92.7mg or (155% DV) of Vitamin C, which is around 65% more than is found in 100 grams of orange fruit. It is true that – depending on the size of the fruit – you will often get more Vitamin C from one orange than you will from 1 kiwi, but that is only due to size and weight of the fruit. When it comes to Vitamin C content per 100 grams the kiwi wins hands down.

Leafy Greens

So we’re sticking with green again for our 4th food packed with Vitamin C. I don’t want to blow your mind by giving you the Vitamin C content figures for every dark leafy green going but if I was to tell you that 100 grams of Kale contains 120mg of Vitamin C – more than twice as much as an orange - then I think you’d be pretty impressed. I know I was when I discovered that fact, and it’s not just Kale. Other dark leafy greens such as Turnip Greens, Swiss chard and Spinach also contain decent amounts of Vitamin C and make for a great addition to any healthy balanced diet.

Tomatoes

If I was to say that two average sized cooked tomatoes contained almost as much Vitamin C as an orange, would that surprise you? I know it surprised me, but it’s true! If you were to eat two cooked tomatoes at a weight of 246g then that would provide you with 56.1mg (93% DV) of Vitamin C, not that much less than one orange would provide. Couple the antioxidant power of this Vitamin C with the amazingly powerful antioxidant action of lycopene - another antioxidant contained in abundance in tomatoes – and suddenly tomatoes become an antioxidant force to be reckoned with.

So it’s not all about oranges

Here we’ve mentioned just 5 surprising foods packed with Vitamin C and there are many, many more. So if you are trying to increase your Vitamin C intake but you find that too many oranges or too much pure orange juice is playing havoc with your digestion or causing other health issues as it does for so many people, then perhaps some of the foods mentioned on this list can provide a great alternative to help you meet your Vitamin C needs.

Do you know of any other surprising foods that are packed with Vitamin C?

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • nutritionhub profile imageAUTHOR

      nutritionhub 

      4 years ago

      Thanks Janellegems, glad you found it useful. I discovered a few new facts myself while researching the post, like the amount of vitamin C in Peppers!

    • Janellegems profile image

      Janellegems 

      4 years ago from United States

      We do only think of oranges when it comes to Vitamin C. Thanks for this excellent information of other fruits and vegetables packed with Vitamin C.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)