This past weekend I had a guest stay over. He was in town for a reunion and needed a cheap place to stay. Ok, not cheap, free.
He has known me for about twenty-five years. He knows how I eat. We have shared many, many meals over the past quarter century. (Wow, that sounds like forever.)
When he arrived on Friday I was showing him where glasses, silverware and other things are in the kitchen. He looked in my refrigerator and asked if I had any orange juice. I even don’t recall the last time I drank orange juice.
I made a face, thinking he should know better since I don’t drink (processed) juice. I said no I didn’t have oj. I reminded him that I don’t drink juice.
He then asked me a sincere question: If I didn’t drink orange juice where did I get my Vitamin C from?
I decided a short answer was best and said from fruit and as a supplement.
He found my answer acceptable and we move on to other subjects.
So, where can we get Vitamin C if we don’t drink orange juice or take a supplement?
It is always preferable to get our nutrients from food but that isn’t always possible. When you supplement be sure to buy a quality brand. Hint ~ the cheapest probably isn’t the best quality. Read the ingredients to make sure it doesn’t contain a bunch of fillers.
Good food sources of Vitamin C include ones you probably know: lemons, limes, strawberries, tomatoes, bell peppers, grapefruit, raspberries, cranberries, cantaloupe, and spinach.
I was curious about other food sources of Vitamin C so I checked one of my favorite sources, The World’s Healthiest Foods.
Papaya has the highest amount of Vitamin C.
There are quite a number of greens that contain decent amount of Vitamin C. Such as kale, bok choy, collard greens, beet greens and mustard greens.
I had no idea garlic contained Vitamin C. Just one more reason for me to love garlic! I was actually gifted a crate of garlic for my 20th birthday.
There were a number of herbs on the list besides the garlic. Parsley, cilantro, dill and basil.
Some of the foods listed that I don’t normally think of as containing Vitamin C were green peas, summer squash, green beans, sea veggies, cabbage, onions and Brussel sprouts. But I don’t usually sit around and ponder such things. Bananas are in this category for me. When I think of nutrients in bananas I always think potassium.
There really is no reason to drink orange juice to get your Vitamin C. There are many other sources, and orange juice is loaded with sugar.
After I developed MCS, multiple chemical sensitivities, my tolerance for sugar dropped. The times that I drank juice from that point on I cut with water to reduce the sugar hit to my system. My sugar tolerance has dropped even more since doing the elimination diet with my daughter. I am not complaining. I consider it a positive.
In 2014 the average American ate 150 – 170 pounds of sugar per year. That works out to be 30 – 34 five pound bags each. Makes me ill just thinking about it. I consume nowhere near that and neither should you.
But back to where do I get my Vitamin C from. As I read the list it is very easy to incorporate Vitamin C into your diet every day. You probably already do.
A raw salsa with tomatoes, bell peppers, garlic, basil and lemon juice would be great on “noodles” made from summer squash.
A salad with the greens, strawberries, lemon juice, and tomatoes. Simple, yummy and loaded with Vitamin C.
If you have problems with processing oxalates some of the Vitamin C foods may need to be avoided, such as spinach and swiss chard.
As a thank you for my hospitality my guest took me out to brunch on Sunday before he left. He ordered a large glass of orange juice. He also politely asked if I wanted any of the juice. I politely declined.
Have a healthy day!