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Hilgendorf's Healthful Hints
Thursday, December 14, 2006

Jane Hilgendorf
By Jane Hilgendorf
Retired OCC Dean of Physical Education and Athletics

Whole, unpeeled oranges hardly lose any vitamin C over time, since no oxygen comes in contact with the edible part.

Even in a day or two of sweltering weather, an orange would lose less that 10 percent of its C. If you keep the fruit cool, it would dry out or rot before it lost a significant amount of vitamin C.

Juice does lose some vitamin C, however, so it should be stored in a tightly closed container at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below.