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The Connection Between Fruit and Vitamin C

When you think of fruit and Vitamin C, what do you think of? Most people would think of citrus fruit; Oranges, Lemons, Limes, Tangerines, Kumquats, or Grapefruits. This is understandable. After all, vitamin C is also known as citric acid. Would it surprise you to learn that the fruit highest in vitamin C isn’t a citrus fruit?

People have a requirement of 92 mg of vitamin C per day. A cup of lemon wedges will certainly provide it as they contain 112 mg of vitamin C. Oranges are nearly as good, with 96 mg of vitamin C per cupful, which is over the required daily amount. Bell peppers and kiwi fruits have more vitamin C than oranges, though, 190 mg and 167 mg per cup, respectively.

None of these comes close to the fruit with the most vitamin C, however. Guavas contain a whopping 377 mg of vitamin C per cup. That is more than 400% of the daily requirement. 

If you aren’t getting enough vitamin C, don’t bother with Oranges, eat a guava.

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Written by Rex Trulove

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