If you’ve noticed today’s Google Doodle, it depicts oranges and strawberries. Clicking on the link takes you to the Wikipedia page for one Albert Szent-Györgyi (1893-1986), who discovered vitamin C in the early 1930′s. He even got a Nobel Prize for it. So today is a kind of holiday for vitamin C!
Vitamin C also goes by the name Ascorbic acid and E300.It is commonly found in citrus fruits. But contrary to popular belief, the best source for vitamin C is not oranges. Higher level of the nutrient may be found in kiwis, bell peppers, broccoli, and brussel sprouts.
A reminder – vitamin C is an essential nutrient (meaning our body cannot manufacture it on its own). It is an antioxidant and also crucial in protecting the body from scurvy.
Though many processed foods boast high levels of vitamin C, you are really getting lab made vitamin C, as it is a very cheap additive to manufacture. You see, vitamin C easily “evaporates” from fruits and vegetables once processed. That’s why in many products it is reintroduced as an additive.