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Natural sources of vitamin C
- Broccoli — A cup of raw chopped broccoli has 81 mg of vitamin C. While cooking reduces its vitamin C content down to 50 mg, the vegetable also contains calcium, fiber, potassium, vitamins A and K and various antioxidants.
- Cauliflower — One cup of raw cauliflower has 50 mg of vitamin C. It also contains calcium, fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamin K. Cauliflower also has various antioxidants.
- Grapefruit — The grapefruit, which is related to the orange, is also high in vitamin C. Half a grapefruit has 45 mg of vitamin C. Grapefruit also contains fiber, potassium, and vitamin A.
- Kiwifruit — A single kiwifruit contains about 60 mg of vitamin C. It also has fiber and potassium.
- Red sweet peppers — Like green bell peppers, red sweet peppers are rich in vitamin C. These peppers have a milder flavor, with a single pepper containing 150 mg of vitamin C. Red sweet peppers also have fiber, potassium, several B-complex vitamins, and vitamin A.
- Strawberries — These berries are chock-full of vitamin C. One cup of strawberry slices has 98 mg of the nutrient. Strawberries are also rich in fiber, folate, magnesium, and potassium.