Episode 159 – Should I eat citrus fruit or not?

A: This is a random, out of context question but it’s interesting. This person has been advised by their doctor to stop eating citrus fruit for a reason.

First things first if you’re doctor has done a full assessment of your medical status and they deem that action to be appropriate it’s best to follow what your doctor has said – no matter how silly it sounds.

a. There may be some drug-nutrient interactions that prohibit citrus fruit intake while you’re on a specific medication(s)

b. it might be that you’re eating too much fruit in general (2-3 fruits a day max for normal people) and you need to cut your fruit intake down (perhaps they were eating too much citrus fruits)

c. it might be something different all together.

So when I hear a statement like the above, “”not to eat fruits”” I do get caution bells but I don’t have all the information to discount their advice.


1. First and foremost. Listen to your doctor.

2. Do your own research. Get educated yourself and/or get a second opinion from another medical professional.
Read on below.



On the positives for citrus fruits. What’s in citrus fruit?

Citrus fruit such as oranges, lemons, limes and mandarins have vitamin C, good carbs as well as fibre making it a very good case for eating citrus fruit. So eat citrus fruits.

Why wouldn’t you eat fiber, why wouldn’t you eat carbs, why wouldn’t you eat vitamin C?

You need all that stuff for your metabolism and to prevent disease. For maximum health and wellbeing, I would eat them, and I do eat them in a balanced diet.

Fruits for thought:

In general (and I say this with respect) some medical doctors only know sickness and medications. I’d say most doctors don’t know nutrition or wellness to a good enough standard.

In fact let’s do a quick thought experiment:

Think about your doctor – if they are overweight, smoke, drink, look sleep deprived and/or stressed and they don’t practice wellness – goes for the other healthcare professionals as well – then you might want to find another healthcare professional.

Note: it would be best to take your advice from healthy healthcare professionals over “”sickly”” ones.

A good analogy would be in following a business advisor: who would you listen to, a poor business person/mentor who doesn’t follow their own advise or a successful proven business person/mentor?

Same principle.

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Chris Everingham lives and breathes health & fitness. International Athlete, Elite Performance Manager for the Philippine Volcanoes rugby teams, qualified Dietitian / Nutritionist and qualified educator. Chris Everingham combines more than 10 years of experience and education together to deliver the best strategies to grow your mindset, rewire your habits and transform your life.


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