A Natural Plea for Vitamin C
“I think I’m getting a cold,” my friend says, turning toward me. I reach into my lunchsack and pull out a clementine. “Here,” I say, “eat this.”
He points to a packet of Emergen-C on the counter, shakes his head and says, “No thank you, I’m covered.”
For the next several minutes I tried to convince him to forgo the powdered supplement in favor of the real deal. In the end, I was unsuccessful, but for the next few days I couldn’t help but chuckle every time I packed a clementine as my afternoon snack.
I also couldn’t help but wonder what the Emergen-C tasted like. Sure, I could take Emergen-C to ward off any impending colds, but my preference was au natural. Despite this, I figured it couldn’t hurt to give the Emergen-C a go — it’s better to be informed and argumentative than uninformed and stubborn.
Information according to the packet:
1,000 mg of Vitamin C (1,667% of recommended daily value in 1 packet)
Includes 24 nutrients with antioxidants, electrolytes and 7 B Vitamins
Described as a “Flavored Fizzy Drink Mix”
Directions: As a dietary supplement, take one packet 2 to 4 times a day.
Single Servings $.99 Immune Plus System Booster — citrus (Eastside Food Co-op)
Single Serving $.69 regular Emergen-C — cranberry pomegranate (Eastside Food Co-op)
30 packs are available at Target for $8
I preferred the citrus flavor, which tastes like a lemon-orange combination. The fizz was not altogether off-putting, but rather gave it a pleasant mouthfeel, as if you were drinking a flavored soda. The cranberry pomegranate, however, tasted like cough syrup. In addition to fizz, it was foamy with a metallic aftertaste and a distinct powdery smell.
Although you won’t be finding Emergen-C in my daily diet anytime soon, I have to admit that it didn’t taste as bad as I thought it would. Although it will take many fruits to make up a daily allotment of vitamins, I’ll stick to more natural approaches to getting my Vitamin C, relishing the sweet, natural flavor with each juicy bite.