Vitamin C (aka ascorbic acid) is a key antioxidant important for everything from healthy skin, strengthening bone and wound healing, helping to boost the immune system, and helping to fight against allergies. It even helps to manage your stress by balancing the cortisol release. Vitamin C is also important in helping your body absorb other important nutrients, such as iron and calcium.
While oranges do contain vitamin C, drinking orange juice might not be the best way to get all your vitamin C. Firstly, many store-bought OJs are made from concentrate and the orange juice has been stored in factory containers for over a year. Most of the vitamin C would have degraded which is why manufacturers often add synthetic ascorbic acid back into the OJ as it gets pumped and packaged into a container. Secondly, OJ high in fructose and glucose- all in liquid form, making it a high glycemic index- which can contribute to weight gain and decrease insulin sensitivity.
For a healthy alternative, try to get your vitamin C from whole fruits and vegetables. The kale and bell pepper slaw is a perfect recipe if you need a boost of vitamin C.
Foods rich in Vitamin C:
- Bell peppers
- Brussel sprouts
- Citrus (oranges, grapefruits, clementine’s, lemons, limes, etc)