Vitamin C is one of the most famous nutrients known to mankind due to high antioxidants and immune booster. Over thousands of vitamin C products ranging from dietary supplements to fortified drinks have been sold in the market for more than a decade. Vitamin C is also used in skincare as it helps bring life back to the dull and unhealthy skin. If you are wondering what food are high in vitamin C, here are 10 foods that may help you get all the vitamin C goodness:
1- Orange. The OG of vitamin C definitely comes from oranges. Enjoy it by slices or pressed into juices, you are definitely in for a treat for this delicious citrus fruit.
2- Lemon. Another famous citrusy fruit is lemon. Squeeze it to make your own lemon juice (not lemonade because usually it contains high sugar). You can even use the skin by peeling and use the lemon zest into your cooking or baking for an extra boost of natural flavour.
3- Kiwi. Being named after a national bird of New Zealand, kiwifruit is a good source of potassium and folate. You can always have this on-the-go just by using a spoon to peel off the skin. Some people even put kiwifruit in their handbag because it is super convenient to have anywhere and anytime.
4- Grapefruit. Aside from high vitamin C contents, it is high in fibre and help people in weight loss. However, people with medication or chronic illness need to ask for doctor advice before enjoying this fruit as it may cause drug interaction.
5- Strawberries. The symbol of Venus, the goddess of Love in Roman mythology, strawberry needs no introduction for its slightly sour and caramel-like flavour. It is best eaten raw to obtain all the nutrients such as vitamin C, folic acid and fibre.
6- Bell peppers. This beautiful colour bell peppers are very versatile as you can have it raw in salad, roasted with chicken or garnishing pizzas. Although, typically peppers are well-known for their spicy taste, bell pepper usually is sweet, crunchy and juicy.
7- Brussels sprouts. Brussels sprouts can be a great nightmare to some children due to its bitter taste. Adding some spices like red pepper, zest from lemon juice or honey drizzles when cooking this vegetable can help give a boost of flavour and make a tasty side dish.
8- Tomato. This fruit (as considered by botanists) or vegetable (as considered by culinary expertise) is certainly used in many cuisines in various parts of the world due to its high umami content which enhances the flavour of food. It can also be eaten raw (literally like biting an apple) or as juices mixed with other fruits.
9- Cauliflower. As the name suggests, this edible cluster of flowers is also known as a cruciferous vegetable as the flower resembles a cross. Making cauliflower rice can replace the typical rice for those watching out their diet and reduce carbohydrate intake in daily meals.
10- Cabbage. If you think cabbage is better eaten raw, well it is quite the opposite. Cooking cruciferous vegetables like this cabbage, helps to release indole. Indole is a compound that has been studied for preventive cancer such as breast cancer prevention which has been reviewed by National Institutes of Health (NIH), the United States nation’s medical research agency. Fermented cabbage such as the infamous kimchi coming from Korean culture, is another delicious way to eat cabbage as it provides numerous benefits such as probiotics that is good for gut health and strengthen the immune system.