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

This year the winter has been unusually mild and grey, without any trace of at least a few weeks of ice-cold frost filled sunny days. This time of the year it is normal to feel a lack of energy, however, this year 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.

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, recently issued a new statement concerning the alarming finds of the pesticides chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl in amongst other oranges and other citrus fruits.

Most of the residue is found on the orange peel, and therefore a new recommendation has been issued: Wash your hands when you have peeled an orange.

If you need to use the peel from an orange or a lemon, you can reduce the danger by buying organic.

The guideline has been issued due to alarming finds of the two pesticides in controls of imported fruit, notably in oranges.

Read more in our article on this subject here.