We all associate oranges with vitamin C, but are oranges really the best source? Amcal Dietician, Megan Alsford tells HealthMinute, “Citrus fruits such as oranges are high in vitamin C; however, there are other fruits and vegetables with a higher content and guavas, for example, contain an average of 243 milligrams of vitamin C per 100 grams.”
Megan adds, “Ultimately it doesn’t matter which fruits or vegetables have the highest amount of vitamin C, as eating a balanced diet will ensure we get our daily intake of vitamin C with two serves of fruits and five serves of vegetables. ”
The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend we consume 45 mg per day of vitamin C. This is especially important during the cold and flu seasons, when the dreaded colds, sniffles, and sore throats are all around.
The Wholesome Doctor, Dr. Preeya Alexander says, “While vitamin C can’t prevent viruses and taking it isn’t a magic cure, it may help reduce the duration and symptoms of colds and flu.” She adds, “Less severe symptoms and quick recovery are some pretty good reasons to get more vitamin C in your diet.”
So while oranges may contain a respectable 70mg of vitamin C, it turns out they’re not the highest source of vitamin C after all.