There are plenty of unusual holidays on the calendar, but this one is the fruitiest. Tuesday, April 4th is Vitamin C Day! Who knew?
Why is Vitamin C so important?
Basically, without any Vitamin C, you would get scurvy like the pirates and sailors in the 1700’s and 1800’s. Well, matey, what be scurvy? With scurvy, your gums would bleed, and you would experience any of the following: fatigue, red spots on your skin, pain in your limbs, shortness of breath, lose teeth, and bruising. While some of these symptoms may also be symptoms of parenting a crazy child, it is easy to avoid scurvy. Just eat fruit.
Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is found in fruit and is necessary for normal growth and development. It is also a powerful antioxidant. It helps repair tissue, helps with iron absorption, protects against heart disease, and helps decrease your LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Vitamin C can even help neutralize the effect of harmful food preservatives. But the best part of all is that if you make a dessert with fruit in it, you can call it healthy because it will give you vitamins!
7 Fruitalicious Dessert Recipes (try not to drool):
1. Strawberry Shortcake Kabob recipe from SugarApron.com
Do you know how much Vitamin C you need per day?
- Men need at least 90 mg daily with an upper limit not exceeding 2,000 mg.
- Women need at least 75 mg daily with an upper limit not exceeding 2,000 mg.
- Pregnant women need at least 85 mg daily with an upper limit not exceeding 2,000 mg.
- Smokers require a minimum of 35 mg daily more than non-smokers.
This vitamin is water soluble, so if you consume extra, your system will just flush it out. But if you overdo it and take more than 2,000 mg per day, you could get stomach problems or even kidney stones.
2. Lemon Cream Puffs Recipe from GloriousTreats.com
Are your children getting enough vitamin C? Here are the recommended doses for children according to the National Institutes of Health:
NIH recommends Adequate Intakes (AIs):
- infants 0-6 months old, 40 mg per day
- infants 7-12 months old, 50 mg per day.
The RDAs of vitamin C for teens and children are:
- toddlers 1-3 years old, 15 mg per day
- children 4-8 years old, 25 mg per day
- children 9-13 years old, 45 mg per day
- male teens 14-18 years old, 75 mg per day
- female teens 14-18 years old, 65 mg per day
3. Fruit Pizza Recipe from MomItForward.com
Some manufacturers use Vitamin C to preserve colors and flavors in canned food. It is also added to food such as cereal and bread. First, the manufacturers get the ascorbic acid out of corn or wheat. Then they use starch to convert it to glucose which is an ingredient in processed food products. Not so tasty. Read those labels!
4. Easy Fruit Trifle from GimmeSomeOven.com
Vitamin C is the most researched vitamin on the Internet. Most people think that oranges have the most Vitamin C, but broccoli, kale, papaya, and red bell peppers have more. Other fruits and vegetables that contain Vitamin C are apples, asparagus, berries, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, citrus fruits, dark leafy greens, kiwi, melons, peppers, potatoes, and tomatoes.
5.Chocolate Dipped Fruit Cones recipe from MyRandomInsanities.blogspot.com
Did you know that Vitamin C supplements may not contain real Vitamin C? Some supplements contain a synthetic version of ascorbic acid. The biggest supplier of synthetic Vitamin C is China. Makes you pause for thought, doesn’t it?
6. Birthday Fruit Cake recipe from MomsLifeBoat.com
Vitamin C and coffee can be used to develop film for black and white photos.
7. Healthy Frozen Fruit Dessert Recipe from SuzysSitcom.com
Cooking food or storing it in water can remove the Vitamin C so it is always best to eat fruits and veggies fresh when you want more vitamins.
Well, enjoy the holiday (Vitamin C Day). Hopefully, you will get a chance to make one of the fruitalicious desserts listed above. My personal favorite is the fruit pizza. Which ones do you like? Leave a comment below to share how you got your dose of ascorbic acid on Vitamin C day.
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-Julie For Real