Learn to make healthier food choices by using the Nutrition Facts table on prepackaged foods. Vitamin C is found in the Nutrition Facts table.
What is vitamin C?
Vitamin C is important for your health. It plays many roles in the body:
- Helps the body absorb iron.
- Helps heal wounds.
- Acts as an antioxidant.
Where can you find vitamin C?
Fruits and vegetables are the best food sources of vitamin C, including:
- Brussels sprouts
- Citrus fruit and juice like grapefruit and orange
- Red cabbage
- Snow peas
- Sweet peppers
How can you make a healthier choice?
- Use the % Daily Value (% DV) in the Nutrition Facts table.
- Remember: 5% DV or less is a little and 15% DV or more is a lot for all nutrients.
- Vitamin C is a nutrient you may want more of.
Helpful hints at the grocery store:
Use the Nutrition Facts table to choose and compare foods:
- eat a variety of vegetables and fruit each day.
- go for colorful vegetables and fruits.
How is the % DV for vitamin C calculated?
The Daily Value used in nutrition labelling is based on 60 mg of vitamin C for a reference diet.
For example, if a food product has 20 mg of vitamin C, the product would have a % Daily Value for vitamin C of 33%.
(20 mg ÷ 60 mg) × 100 = 33%.
Remember: 5% DV or less is a little and 15% DV or more is a lot for all nutrients.
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