You probably know that vitamin C is a go-to nutrient to get during colds—and a recent review of the scientific literature does suggest that taking vitamin C regularly can help us bounce back from a cold faster. But if you’re reaching for orange juice, step away from the fridge. Go straight to the whole citrus fruit instead since it might actually be more of a boost to your health overall. Orange juice can be filled with extra sugar, and it doesn’t include the helpful fiber that a whole fruit provides. If you’re suffering from a cold, it might be better to reach for an orange instead of a glass of OJ. If you’re craving juice, squeeze your own to ensure extra sugar isn’t added. Here are more foods that are chock-full of vitamin C.
Bell peppers contain more vitamin C than citrus fruits (almost twice your daily recommended amount), but are rarely thought of as a food that can help with immunity. Red bell peppers pack more of a nutritional punch than green, yellow, and orange bell peppers, though they are all considered to be good choices for a healthy diet. Bell peppers can be baked, roasted, or eaten raw, and they’re also a great snack alone or when paired with dip or cheese. The next time you’re fighting a cold, consider adding a bell pepper or two to your meal to give your body an extra boost (it still counts if it’s on pizza!).