8 Vitamin C-Rich Foods that Are Natural Fat Burners

Bell peppersBell peppersIn 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

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

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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

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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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