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Monday, April 27, 2015

Is There Vitamin C in Apples?

Recently I provided a nutrition assessment for a mother of a young child.  The two year old liked apples and ate 1/2 an apple every day.  I asked the Mom if she had a source of Vitamin C in her child's diet and she insisted that the apples had Vitamin C in them.
Was she right?
Vitamin C needs (DRI) are 15 mg per day in a 2 year olds and go up to 90 mg per day in an adult male.
A whole Macintosh Apple in Canada has 6.3 mg of Vitamin C.
This is why local fruit juices in Canada are fortified with Vitamin C.
 If you are not willing to use juice in your child's diet or your diet then you should take an orange a day. For all families adults and children I recommend 4-8 ounces of orange juice per day which will provide Vitamin C, folic acid and potassium. Orange juice is also the most tummy friendly juice being low in fructose compared to other juices.

The Dietitians of Canada discusses food fortification.
Fortification means adding vitamins and minerals to foods. The government regulates the addition of certain nutrients to foods to ensure Canadians do not fall short. Some examples include:
  • Adding vitamin D to milk  
  • Adding iron to cereal
  • Adding folic acid to flour
  • Adding iodine to salt
  • Adding Vitamin C to apple juice
  • When we eat some organic foods we miss some of these things.  Read your labels.