This Vegetable Contains Three Times More Vitamin C Than Oranges
It is common knowledge that oranges are jam-packed with vitamin C, but there is actually a vegetable that contains more vitamin C than oranges: bell pepper! One cup of chopped red pepper provides 190mg of vitamin C - that's nearly three times more than an orange.
Mayo Clinic's website states, "Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a nutrient your body needs to form blood vessels, cartilage, muscle and collagen in bones. Vitamin C is also vital to your body's healing process. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect your cells against the effects of free radicals — molecules produced when your body breaks down food or is exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation from the sun, X-rays or other sources. Free radicals might play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Vitamin C also helps your body absorb and store iron."
The human body cannot produce its own Vitamin C, so foods containing the nutrient, such as bell peppers, citrus fruits, berries, broccoli and spinach, are an important part of a balanced diet.