Healthy Eating in Schools guidance 2020: supplementary information and advice on energy and key nutrients

This is supplementary guidance to the guidance book on Healthy Eating in Schools focusing upon providing information about the energy and key nutrients which form the basis for provision of school food and drink.

Vitamin C

Why do we need it?

Vitamin C helps us to absorb iron from food.

It is important in forming collagen, a protein that gives structure to our bones, muscle and blood vessels.

It is essential for the healing of wounds.

It also plays an important role in our immune system.

Vitamin C is also an antioxidant. This means that it can help prevent damage to our cells and keep them healthy.


Vitamin C is found in a wide variety of fruit and vegetables.

Good sources include spring greens, potatoes, peppers, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, raspberries, blackcurrants, strawberries, melon, kiwi fruit and citrus fruits e.g. oranges.

Additional information

Not only are fruit and vegetables a source of vitamin C, they also provide lots of other nutrients such as vitamin A, iron and folate.

For example Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, oranges and tomatoes are also sources of folate.



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