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The Top 10 Foods Highest in Vitamin C

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The Top 10 Foods Highest in Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient required by the body for the development and maintenance of scar tissue, blood vessels, and cartilage. Vitamin C is also necessary for creating ATP, dopamine, peptide hormones, and tyrosine.

As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C helps lessen oxidative stress to the body and is thought to lower cancer risk.

High vitamin C foods include guavas, bell peppers, kiwifruit, strawberries, oranges, papayas, broccoli, tomatoes, kale, and snow peas. The current daily value (% DV) for vitamin C is 90mg.

Below is a list high vitamin C foods ranked by a common serving size, use the nutrient ranking of over 200 foods high in vitamin C to see the foods highest in vitamin C by nutrient density (per gram), or see rankings of fruits high in vitamin C, and vegetables high in vitamin C.


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High Vitamin C Foods

1 Guavas
Half a guava
2 Bell Peppers
Bell peppers
3 Kiwifruit
Slices of kiwifruit
4 Strawberries
Strawberries

More Berries High in Vitamin C

-36% DV in 1 cup of raspberries
-34% DV in 1 cup of blackberries
-16% DV in 1 cup of blueberries

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5 Oranges
Slices of orange

More Citrus Fruit High in Vitamin C

-413% DV in 1 pummelo
-98% DV in 1 grapefruit
-40% DV in 1 clementine
-34% DV in 1 lemon
6 Papaya
Papayas

More Tropical Fruits High in Vitamin C

-88% DV in 1 cup of pineapple
-72% DV in 1 cup of cantaloupe melon
-67% DV in 1 cup of sliced mango
-34% DV in 1 cup of honeydew melon

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7 Broccoli
Broccoli

Brassica Vegetables High in Vitamin C

-107% DV in 1 cup of brussels sprouts
-61% DV in 1 cup of cauliflower
-63% DV in 1 cup of cabbage

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8 Tomato
Tomatoes
9 Kale
Kale leaves

Green Leafy Vegetables High in Vitamin C

-44% DV in 1 cup of turnip greens
-35% DV in 1 cup of swiss chard
-20% DV in 1 cup of spinach

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10 Snow Peas
Green peas

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Top 10 High Vitamin C Foods by Nutrient Density (Vitamin C per Gram)

#1 Acerola Cherry 1864% DV (1678mg) in 100grams
#2 Rose Hips 473% DV (426mg) in 100grams
#3 Guavas 254% DV (228mg) in 100grams
#4 Sweet Yellow Peppers 204% DV (184mg) in 100grams
#5 Black Currants 201% DV (181mg) in 100grams
#6 Kiwifruit 103% DV (93mg) in 100grams
#7 Scotch Kale 144% DV (130mg) in 100grams
#8 Red Chilies 160% DV (144mg) in 100grams
#9 Dried Herbs (Coriander) 630% DV (567mg) in 100grams
#10 Thyme 178% DV (160mg) in 100grams

Other Vitamin C Rich Foods

#1 Litchis 151% DV (136mg) in 1 cup
#2 Green Chillies 121% DV (109mg) in 1 pepper
#3 Kohlrabi 93% DV (84mg) in 1 cup
#4 Parsley 89% DV (80mg) in 1 cup
#5 Starfruit 41% DV (37mg) in 1 cup
#6 Garden Cress 38% DV (35mg) in 1 cup
#7 Jalapeno Peppers 18% DV (17mg) in 1 pepper
#8 Saffron 2% DV (2mg) in 1 tblsp

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Data Sources and References

  1. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28.
  2. Office of Dietary Supplements Fact Sheet: Vitamin C
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