As is often the case in this type of doodlewash adventure, I realize there’s a day to celebrate just about anything, including a vitamin. This day celebrates the anniversary of that great day in 1932 when two doctors at the University of Pittsburgh first isolated this vital nutrient. Sure, people already knew that eating lots of citrus fruits and fresh greens warded off their scurvy, but now they finally knew why! Typically, an orange is used to illustrate this type of thing, but red peppers pack a bigger Vitamin C punch with nearly three times more of the stuff than an orange.

I was tempted to celebrate World Rat Day, but I figured it was good to branch out and try something other than animals. Also, I only had 25 minutes. And Philippe and I were discussing eating healthier, so this day seems timely to celebrate. Actually, we were making a resolution to exercise more. This is something normally done and then forgotten about in January as everyone knows that it’s impossible to be truly motivated when still wearing sweaters and coats to hide the winter’s trangressions. As we move into spring and the layers come off, it becomes shockingly clear that something must be done quick before summer clothes come to reveal more skin and leave any doubt whatsoever.

Although Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, won’t make you thin, it will help boost your immune system and protect you against cardiovasicular disease, eye disease and even better, skin wrinkling. This is one of the reasons why in the United States, the supplement industry is over $38 billion. All doctors will say, however, that getting your nutrients from actual food is best whenever possible. So grab a pepper and chow down today! Just be sure not to cook it as you’ll totally kill the Vitamin C. Yeah, “healthy” is pretty much a buzz kill, but I guess it’s always better than the alternative.

Join me any and all days you like during April by celebrating a National or International Day with a doodlewash! Tag your image #doodlewashaday and I’ll feature everyone who played along on at the end of the month! 

About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Azo Orange, Pyrrol Red, Gamboge, Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Pale Green, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

56 replies on “Vitamin C Day

  1. Your brightly colored peppers look delicious, and I didn’t realize that cooking them depleted the vitamin C. Yes, healthy can be a buzzkill, but it is better than scurvy and it balances out chocolate mousse, right? 😉

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  2. Perfectly Pretty Powerfully Potent Peppers – full of vitamin C (ok – I stretched it a bit with the Ps LOL!) But they are awesome and such a great representation of this important vitamin. I know what you mean about the layers coming off. Hubby and I are heading to Punta Cana in a few weeks – YIKES! Joining the celebration Wednesday – look out! haha!

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  3. Awesome quick peppers! The textures are perfect. I too am rather disappointed (and alarmed) to hear that cooking the things kills the Vitamin C, sigh. Thankfully there are many alternatives – citrus fruits, for example. I wonder if the hallowed Citrus Polos were good for Vitamin C?

    This fitness thing, eh. Harrowing. Running is fun – you should go running round the block! It’s more challenging but (probably) less embarrassing if you go as a pair. I wouldn’t know, as no-one will go with me!😛

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  4. Love peppers! My daughter likes them raw.. And I’ve started enjoying them raw too. I’m trying to walk 10,000 steps a day but I’ve not been consistent.. My favorite form of exercise is yoga.. Hehe.. Your peppers really look delicious!! 😘

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    1. Thanks Kari!! 😃💕 I love them raw…there’s some sweeter snack version that’s good too. And yes to yoga! That’s my favorite as well though it’s been a long time since I’ve done it. 😊 I used to do Bikram hot yoga which is awesome and insanely effective! Hehe


  5. I have a feeling my rat would love your peppers. I love them too!! 25 minutes must be a record, even for you. Beautiful shiny peppers, fabulous colours. As I don’t have any I’m going to go and munch some fruit immediately!

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  6. Lookin’ scrumptious, Charlie! Raw peppers don’t like me…my stomach can’t handle them that way. Now, when prepared as the Italians do for antipasti — scorched over the gas flame, peeled, seeds removed and preserved in beautiful olive oil for six months or more…yummy! That removes the toxins and I survive! LOL. We’re gearing up for more layers of clothing down here.

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