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Get enough C Vitamin – put in small fruit pauses during the day

As the greyness of this winter may start taking its toll on you, remember that it is important to stock-up on C-vitamin. It is not only good for your health, the C-vitamin fruit is also delightfully colourful.

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By Bente D. Knudsen

With a 1 of January the warmest ever registered in Denmark it seems that the winter remains mild and grey, without any trace at present of ice-cold, frost filled sunny days.

At this stage of the winter, and with still a few months to go before spring sets in, it is normal to feel a lack of energy, however, this year, after all the stress and anxiety of the 2022 energy and inflation crisis not to speak of war in the Ukraine, you may be feeling that it is worse than usual.

A good way to boost your energy level is by getting daily doses of fresh C-vitamin.

At the moment you will find fresh vitamin C in great stock with for instance oranges and grapefruits available at all grocery stores.

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Clinical dietitian, Maiken Beck, says to Villabyerne Weekend that:

“You can make some really good smoothies for instance with orange, lemon and banana. Or with spinach and green cabbage. It should not be a main meal, but a snack, which gives you an energy boost.”

In addition, pineapple has a good content of C-vitamin as do frozen berries such as blueberry, strawberry and raspberry.

Frozen fruit and berries have been found to contain more vitamins during the winter. This is because the winter “fresh berries” and fruit is often picked and shipped to Denmark without being ripe.

Take note though that the Danish health authorities recommend boiling frozen berries for one minute in order to make sure that frozen berries do not contain harmful bacteria, as these which could end up in your smoothies or other non cooked dish.

The Danish food watchdog, Fødevarestyrelsen, is responsible for the analysis of and control for amongst other pesticides in food sold in Denmark. You can find their latest report and finds here

None of the finds show results above those allowed.

However, if you want to avoid getting pesticide rests from the skin of  citrus fruits .it is recommended to  wash your hands when you have peeled for instance an orange.  If you need to use the peel from an orange or a lemon, you can reduce the danger by buying organic.

In general, there are no pesticid residues in organic produce according to the report, however, in one organic product residue from pesticides were found but not in a level above the allowed rate.