Try These Low-Glycemic Sources Of Vitamin C


Most people associate vitamin C with fruit juices like orange juice. Getting vitamin C from juice, however, is not ideal, being only liquid sugar and devoid of most of the fiber. Learning what foods you can surround yourself with to get vitamin C while keeping blood sugar low is key. Here are some foods that are good sources of vitamin C while also falling lower on the glycemic index.

Vitamin C and low-glycemic foods can be helpful for promoting optimal health. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and vitamin that can help to protect against heart disease and some cancers, and also help to minimize the duration and effects of the common cold. The glycemic index is a way of ranking carbohydrate foods on how they affect glucose (or blood sugar) levels.

By moderating your intake of high glycemic index foods, you can help to minimize spikes in blood sugar, which may lead to insulin sensitivity – a precursor to insulin resistance, which is linked to high blood pressure, an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, and obesity. The great news is that you can get your vitamin C intake through a variety of foods, including some that are low on the glycemic index. Add these foods to your shopping list:

  • Broccoli - 1 cup of chopped broccoli provides 81.2 mg of vitamin C

  • Kale -1 cup of chopped kale provides 81.2 mg of vitamin C

  • Cabbage -1 cup of chopped cabbage provides 32.6 mg of vitamin C

  • Cauliflower -1 cup of chopped cauliflower provides 51.6 mg of vitamin C

  • Raspberries -1 cup of raspberries provides 32.2 mg of vitamin C

  • Strawberries - 1 cup of strawberries provides 130 mg of vitamin C

  • Red Bell Pepper -1 cup of chopped red bell pepper provides 190.3 mg of vitamin C

  • Parsley -1 cup of chopped parsley provides 79.8 mg of vitamin C

  • Tomatoes - 1 cup of sliced tomatoes provides 24.7 mg of vitamin C

The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for Vitamin C in adults is 75 - 120 mg.

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