On May 1, 2010
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Well done on your lovely informative articles and website.
It is great reading about food that helps prevent cancer. My question is about what types of food should people who are suffering from cancer eat? A couple of friends are trying to combat cancer not just by chemo but by eating certain foods. What would you suggest?
Thanks! Glad you are enjoying it! Well, different cancers sometimes require specific diets however here are some general guidelines
Foods to Eat Plenty Of
+ Organic foods – use organic foods whenever availability and budget allow in order to limit exposure to potentially harmful pesticides and hormones.
+ Whole foods – whole foods are those with as little added or taken away as possible. Stick to foods that are unprocessed, ie. no ‘ready meals’ and unrefined foods, ie. use whole grain products such as granary bread, wholemeal pasta or brown rice rather than the white variety.
+ Fresh vegetables and fruit – choose those that are in season and locally grown if possible. You should aim to have 8-10 portions a day with at least five portions of vegetables and three of fruit. Eat some of these raw and either lightly steam or bake the rest. Eat a variety of vegetables and fruit in a rainbow of colours to ensure a wide variety of nutrients.
+ Whole grains – include whole grains and whole grain products in the diet on a regular basis. Use the more unusual grains such as quinoa, millet, barley, buckwheat, amaranth and rye as well as the more common wheat, rice and oats.
+ Pulses – include a variety of cooked and sprouted beans, peas and lentils.
+ Healthy fats – nuts and seeds plus oily fish are good sources of the essential fatty acids. Use cold pressed vegetable oils for salad dressings and extra virgin olive oil or virgin coconut oil for cooking. For margarine alternatives drizzle olive oil over bread or toast or spread coconut oil (solid at room temperature), nut and seed butters or avocado. If you really want to use margarine choose one that is free from hydrogenated/trans fats. Small amounts of butter are preferable to margarines and other ‘spreads’.
+ Juices – freshly prepared juices are a great way of boosting nutrient intake. Use mainly vegetables with a little fruit to sweeten.
+ Water – drink lots of water, aiming for around 1.5 to 2 litres per day. If possible use spring or mineral water or water that has been filtered or purified in some way
Foods to Eat in Moderation
+ Poultry – chicken and turkey (free range and organic, if possible).
+ Eggs – chicken, duck or quail (free range and organic, if possible).
+ Fish – choose non-farmed, deep-sea white fish such as cod and haddock and the smaller oily fish such as sardines, pilchards and herring.
Foods to Avoid/Minimise
+ Red meat – ie. beef, pork or lamb.
+ Dairy products – milk, cheese, cream or yoghurt (non-dairy alternatives are available).
+ Smoked and salt cured foods
+ Barbequed, char-grilled or burnt foods
+ Refined sugars – avoid all sugary foods and use fruit (primarily fresh but also dried, if desired) to add sweetness to the diet. Honey, molasses or maple and fruit syrups can be used occasionally, if necessary.
+ Processed foods – ie. pre-prepared meals and convenience foods.
+ Caffeine – green and white tea contain caffeine as well as black tea and coffee. If you are having drinks containing caffeine, they are best taken with, or at the end of a meal.
+ Table salt – use small amounts of tamari sauce or unrefined rock or sea salt instead.
+ Hydrogenated or trans fats – found in many convenience foods, fried snacks and margarines. Use cold-pressed vegetable oils instead of the heat treated varieties.
I would recommend anyone with cancer especially undergoing chemotheraphy get proper nutriton advice from a qualifed nutritionist.
Hope this helps!
Fiona, you’re a darling! Didn’t expect so much info so thank you very much for all the info. I haven’t absorb it all as its Saturday night and flying out but will do tomorrow. xx
any suggestions for persons suffering from LSE please?
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