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.

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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

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

Bell Peppers

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Vitamin C level: 117 mg Serving: 1 cup raw Try it: Turkey-Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Strawberries

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

Broccoli

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

Pineapple

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

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Brussels Sprouts

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

Kiwifruit

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

Orange

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

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Kale

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

Cauliflower

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

Tomato

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


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