Which has more Vitamin C Strawberries or Oranges?
Strawberries contain more vitamin C per serving than an orange.
More Info: The answer to this question will depend on the serving size indicated. For example 1/2 cup strawberries has less vitamin C than an orange. In order to measure 'apples to apples' it is necessary to figure out what the official definition of a serving size is. Utilizing the USDA's data, the common measure for a serving size of strawberries is one cup and the common measure for an orange is one medium. This being the case, stawberries have more vitamin C than oranges per common measure for a serving size as definied by the USDA. [Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid ( mg Foods per Common Measure, sorted alphabetically." USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 17. UDSA]
Weighing in at 95 mg of vitamin C per cup, strawberries have the most vitamin C in relation to other fruits. Though oranges are the first fruit that come to mind when considering vitamin C, one medium orange containing 70 mg of vitamin C actually rates fourth behind papaya (85 mg) and kiwi (75 mg) for vitamin C content. Orange juice fares even lower at 50 mg per half-cup serving.
Vitamin C is one of the water-soluble vitamins, which means the body uses it when it needs it and discards the rest. The fact that the body does not store vitamin C to be used as necessary makes it important to ingest the recommended daily intake because your body will not have the ability to draw it from elsewhere.
At a recommended daily intake of 95 mg daily for men and 75 mg daily for women it is easy to maintain healthy levels by eating a balanced diet containing fruits and vegetables. A one cup serving of strawberries for breakfast and a serving of broccoli with dinner is all it takes.
Did You Know: Vitamin C plays a key role in the formation of collagen making it an important factor in healthy skin, teeth and wound healing?
Did You Know: Though there are commercial suppliers of vitamin C concoctions for colds, no clinical research has proven that it actually works.