Vitamin C Content of Selected Foods


Like primates, guinea pigs require dietary vitamin C. Guinea pig treats should not only be high in vitamin C, but also low in calcium, carbohydrates and sugars, and high in dietary fiber (*).

gpigs Kale Rochelle Hartman

Guinea pigs share a bite of the vitamin-C rich vegetable, kale. Photo credit: Rochelle Hartman via Flickr Creative Commons.

As the degree of freshness varies with market conditions, so can the vitamin C content. Tosun found that the highest vitamin C levels were detected in local open markets while the lowest vitamin C levels were seen in green grocery samples.

The following chart shows the maximum vitamin C content in 1 cup of selected raw foods:

ProduceWeight (grams)Vitamin C (mg)
Guava165376.7
Currants, black112202.7
Peppers, sweet red149190.3
Brussels sprouts88173.0
Parsleya60140.0
Broccoli leafn/a120.0
Peppers, sweet green149119.8
Strawberries16697.6
Orange18095.8
Grapefruitn/a93.9
Scotch kale6787.1
Papaya14086.5
Dill weed10085.0
Kohlrabi13583.7
Kale a6780.4
Lambs quarters10080.0
Broccoli8878.5
Pineapple15574.1
Grapefruit, pink and red23071.8
Passion-fruit (Granadilla), purple23670.8
Kiwifruit (Chinese gooseberries)7670.5
Broccoli florets*7166.2
Breadfruit22063.8
Snowpeas9858.8
Cantaloupe melon16058.7
Green peas14558.0
Green cauliflower6456.4
Pineapple15556.1
Tangerines (mandarin oranges)19552.1
Mulberries14051.0
Cauliflower10046.4
Cauliflower10046.4
Mango16545.7
Gooseberries15041.5
Cabbage, red7039.9
Mustard greens*5639.2
Starfruit (Carambola)10837.2
Rutabaga14035.0
Turnip greens*5533.0
Raspberries12332.2
Honeydew melon17030.6
Blackberries14430.2
Cabbage7025.6
Tomatoes, red18022.9
Parsnips13322.6
Loganberriesn/a22.5
Cabbage, savoy7021.7
Zucchini12421.1
Okra10021.1
Prickly pear14920.9
Dandelion greens*5519.3
Squash, summer11319.2
Green snap beans11017.9
Cherimoyan/a17.9
Grapes, red or green16017.3
Radish11617.2
Plum16515.7
Blueberries14514.1
Mung beans, mature seeds, sprouted10413.7
Lettuce, romaine5613.4
Cranberries11013.3
Banana15013.1
Watermelon15212.3
Peaches17011.2
Beet greens3811.4
Swiss chard3610.8
Spinacha308.4
Cucumber with peel3018.4
Broccoli raab (Rapini)408.1
Amaranth leaves1938.1
Nectarine1437.7
Dill weed97.4
Carrots1106.5
Taron/a4.7
Apples, without skin1104.4
Boysenberriesn/a4.1
Celery1203.7
Endive503.3
Sweet potato1333.2
Cucumber, with peel1042.9
Alfalfa seeds, sprouted332.7
Lettuce, iceberg551.5
Cilantro161.1

a: Parsley and spinach are also rich in oxalates so offer these vegetables only sporadically to reduce the risk of calcium oxalate bladder stone formation.

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