Title: Citrus Fruit Exclusion Diet
Key words: citrus fruits, citric acid, Vitamin C, avoidance, supplementation, E-numbers,
Date: May 2001
Category: Special diets
Author: Dr M Draper
CITRUS FRUIT EXCLUSION DIET
The major risk with avoiding Citrus Fruits is that your diet may become too low in vitamin C. Vitamin C can be obtained from almost any fresh fruit and vegetables. If you intend to obtain the vitamin C largely from vegetables then eat them raw or very lightly cooked.
CITRUS FRUITS. The whole fruit or just the juice, the skin,or the flavour may be used in manufacturing. The avoidance of citrus fruits often means the avoidance of citric acid as well. It is largely a question of reading labels and a general guideline for citrus fruit avoidance is given below. Citrus fruits, include, orange, lemon, grapefruit, lime, tangerine, satsuma, clementine.
Some E numbers include the inclusion of citrus and products should be avoided where these E numbers are listed on the label. E330, E331, E332, E333, E334, E440(A), E450(B), E472(C).
Foods to avoid (not a complete list)
Sweet and confectionery
Fruit squashes and drinks
Fruit juice-canned, frozen, or in cartons Cakes, biscuits,cookies
Oil/lemon salad dressing
Fish and poultry dishes
Marinade for kebabs
Sweet and sour sauce
Orange flower water
Lemon barley water
Bioflavanoid supplements unless synthetic
Citrus flavoured toothpaste
The recommended daily vitamin C intake is only 60mg. If you wish to supplement this, it is easy to do so as Vit C is available in almost every pharmacy and health food shop. Remember to take a citric acid free supplement.