11 Vitamin C-Rich Foods That Are Natural Fat Burners

As cold and flu season winds down and bathing suit season picks up, get to know the surprising fat burner qualities of immunity-boosting vitamin C.

By Lauren Gelman
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    In addition to fighting colds, vitamin C helps create collagen (and plays a role in healthy skin), may protect the heart, and helps destroy free radicals associated with certain cancers. But the new research on vitamin C as a fat burner is so promising that we named it one of 13 fat releasing foods in our Digest Diet book.

    Most Americans consume too little vitamin C, and one study showed that adults deficient or depleted of vitamin C may be more resistant to losing fat. Conversely, people who had adequate vitamin C levels burned 30 percent more fat during a bout of exercise than those low in C! Munching on more of the following fruits and veggies can help you meet the daily recommended intake, which is 75 milligrams for women and 90 for men.

    Papaya

    Vitamin C level: 188 mg
    Serving: 1 fruit
    Try it: Pineapple Papaya Slaw

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    Bell Peppers

    Vitamin C level: 117 mg
    Serving: 1 cup raw

    Try it: Turkey-Stuffed Bell Peppers

    Strawberries

    Vitamin C level: 85 mg
    Serving: 1 cup
    Try it: Strawberry Mango Sorbet

    Broccoli

    Vitamin C level: 81 mg
    Serving: 1 cup raw
    Try it:
    Cajun Spiced Broccoli

    Pineapple

    Vitamin C level: 79 mg
    Serving: 1 cup
    Try it: Bean and Pineapple Soft Tacos

    Brussels Sprouts

    Vitamin C level: 75 mg
    Serving: 1 cup raw
    Try it: Savory Brussels Sprouts

    Kiwifruit

    Vitamin C level: 72 mg
    Serving: 1 fruit
    Try it: Kiwi Lime Gelatin

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    Orange

    Vitamin C level: 70 mg
    Serving: 1 fruit
    Try it: Citrus Cornmeal Cake

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    Kale

    Vitamin C level: 53 mg
    Serving: 1 cup cooked
    Try it: Penne With Kale and Onion

    Cauliflower

    Vitamin C level: 52 mg
    Serving: 1 cup raw
    Try it: Cauliflower au Gratin

    Tomato

    Vitamin C level: 23 mg
    Serving: 1 cup
    Try it: Herb-Topped Stuffed Tomatoes

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