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08/11/2009

Boost your Vitamin C intake…with potatoes?

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A friend of mine asked today “Most of us know that oranges have Vitamin C. What lesser-known merits of fruit do you have to share?”

That is an intriguing question that will likely inspire many posts to come! The first idea that came to mind is sharing unusual or under-appreciated sources of Vitamin C.

While citrus fruits certainly deserve their rep as a good way to get Vitamin C into your diet, Kiwifruit has 2x more than oranges. So if you’d like to add more Vitamin C to your diet but would like a little variety, try a kiwifruit! Easy eating tip: “Cut and scoop”! Slice a kiwi in half width-wise, and then use a small spoon to “scoop” out the fruit, holding each half as if the skin were a cup.

Speaking of Vitamin C, did you know that potatoes contain 45% of the RDA for this vitamin?! I knew that I liked potatoes anyway, but this gives me a whole new appreciation for them. I’m thinking a baked potato with cheese and broccoli for lunch sounds like a good plan!

While I am known as the “Fruit Lady” and/or “Fruit Chick”, I am also trying to be an equal opportunity proponent for both fruits AND veggies. To that end, here are a few more produce items that might not spring to mind when looking for items high in Vitamin C:  Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts (!), Green Cabbage, Radishes, Strawberries, Honeydew Melons and Cantaloupe.

Those are a few nutritional tidbits off the top of my head (and after brushing up on the Vitamin C specifics via idahopotato.com and fruitsandveggiesmorematters.com) Stay tuned for more blog posts that reveal fruit and veggie benefits you might not have heard of  before.

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