So I got the sniffles (whole fam got sick over the holidays, grumble)... and started thinking.
I eat next to no fruit. Mostly just berries or citrus (limes, lemons, grapefruit) in the summer.
Being a little under the weather, I started thinking (after I woke up in the middle of the night craving a lemon)... am I being foolish for not consuming, for instance, citrus (for the Vit C)?
I do have Vit C tablets, but I'm not religious about taking them (as I am my other vitamins).
OR am I brain-washed into thinking Vit C is necessary for health, healthy immune system, etc?
Help me understand where my disconnect it & if I should increase/decrease or believe/disbelieve.
(and yes, I enjoyed a lemon this a.m. & feel lots better - i love lemons!)
You don't have the eat fruit to get Vitamin C. Check out the top 10 hightest vitamin C foods ... http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/vitamin-C.php. I don't think you have to take vitamin C supplements in order to be healthy. I think it's best to get nutrients from food. I don't think you have to have fruit in your diet in order to be healthy, but you sure will miss some yummy food.
I eat fruit when I crave it, especially in season, but I am lucky in that I can rely on my cravings like that. I don't struggle with obesity, so I figure the fructose isn't a problem for me. Robb Wolf often talks about his dislike for fruit as a dietary choice, but I often wonder if that's more personal preference than prescription (I mean, it's not a religion, you know?). I've always loved fruit, and bottles of vitamin c pills is what got me through all nighters in high school, so I figure moderate fruit intake is a good idea for my body. (And sometimes even immoderate fruit intake when strawberries and blackberries are in season: yum!) Also, Linus Pauling was very pro vitamin c, and I inherited an L.P. crush from my undergrad chemistry department, so I figure the extra vitamin c is good.
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