If you would have asked me this question few years ago I would jumped to answer Citrus fruits! It definitely has lots of Vitamin C but do not top the list!

Not so glamorous Bell Peppers tops the list! I did not believe it first time I heard it!

Next time you get some sniffles and think of chugging a glass of fresh orange juice add some orange bell pepper for a booster dose of Vitamin C. Also incorporate it in your daily diet by making an addition to your stir fry or salad or curry! I consider them innocent cause they blend in and can complement any dish without a fuss!

Papaya has even higher Vitamin C content then Bell Peppers but I am not putting it on the top of my list given most Papaya we import here in US are Hawaiian Papaya which is a GMO. (Might do more harm then good)

If you are a Non-GMO shopper like me bookmark this website: http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/ for tips and lessons to be a smart Non-GMO shopper!

Check out this table for produce with Vitamin C in ascending order:

 Food Serving size Calories % DV Nutrient Density
Bell Peppers 1 cup 28.5 157 98.9
Broccoli 1 cup 54.6 135 44.5
Brussels Sprouts 1 cup 56.2 129 41.3
Strawberries 1 cup 46.1 113 44.1
Pineapple 1 cup 82.5 105 22.9
Oranges 1 med 61.6 93 27.2
Kiwifruit 1 med 42.1 85 36.5
Cantaloupe 1 cup 54.4 78 25.9
Cauliflower 1 cup 28.5 73 46.2
Kale 1 cup 36.4 71 35.1
Cabbage 1 cup 43.5 69 28.5

Hope this helps and remember to give justice to all the produce in your daily meals!

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Niti is a health detective who will treat you and not just your symptoms. Her approach is mirrored in the practice name- Back2Basics- treat the root cause and symptoms will disappear. Her mission is to create health and reverse disease by using both undo and redo buttons of functional medicine. Since we are drowning in information, her goal is to not overload you but rather synthesize and give you practical strategies to attain exceptional outcomes. She will meet you where you are in your health and wellness spectrum and guide you further.

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