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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