Good Foods and Cautioned Foods during Cancer Treatment

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Good Foods and Cautioned Foods during Cancer Treatment


Food is extremely important and is an absolute necessity for every living thing. Nutrient rich foods should be the staple source kinds of food in a human beings diet. Nutrient rich foods provide the body energy it needs to function physically and mentally. Nutritious foods are essential for cellular growth, function and repair. One may think if diagnosed with cancer, you may continue your usual diet. This is not true, as a matter of fact a cancer patient is more crucial to eating nutrient rich foods while also avoiding cancer cautioned foods.

What kind of foods should be cautioned or avoided altogether when approaching cancer treatment, Let’s take a closer look. Here are some foods to avoid as a cancer patient. Avoid deep fried, grilled, barbecued, baked meats. Baked meats since subjecting animal protein to high heat creates carcinogenic by products called hetero-cyclic amines. Avoiding excessive intake of salt, sugar, oily food, red meat and processed meats such as bacon, ham, sausages (expounded list below). Preserved foods like pickles, jams, kiam chye (salted mustard green), and century eggs as they contain nitrites which are carcinogenic and should also be avoided.

Finally it must be said no matter the reason one indulges in alcoholic beverage, a cancer patient should minimize alcoholic consumption. Cancer patients should also avoid excessive intake of vitamin supplements, as they act as antioxidants and can interfere with chemotherapy when taken in large doses. For cancer patients who are undergoing cancer treatments: Strongly Recommended to AVOID the following foods

-uncooked salami
-soft cheese (made from unpasteurized milk)
-frozen foods such as sweet ham, hot dogs, sausages, etc
-canned goods
-deli lunch meats (cold cuts)
-smoked fish
-raw and/or under-cooked beef and meat
-raw or under-cooked eggs
-raw fish (sushi, sashimi, etc.)
-raw and/or under-cooked shell or oysters
-raw, unpasteurized milk
-raw milk yogurt
-unpasteurized fruit juice

Chemotherapy, and other cancer treatments can have some unwanted side effects on a patient’s body. For instance, these treatments cause their taste buds to go bland. It may not be fun to eat foods that are not of strong in flavor, however always keep in mind that what we eat is highly important especially for those who are battling cancer. Do not be afraid to ask for a physician’s food suggestions or meal plans.Always opt for a healthy diet and nutritious intake. Go for fruits, vegetables and whole food source meals that are allowed by your physician.

Healthy food choices can help a patient feel better and speed up the recovery. Cancer patients will be advised to eat the right foods before, during and after treatment. There are many nutrient rich/ good foods for a cancer patient to consume; such as:

Vegetables:​Tomatoes, tomato puree and parsley, (especially good for prostate cancer patients) carrots, peas, pumpkin and turnips for vitamins and fibre

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage (contain plant chemicals that can convert bad estrogen into good estrogen, and hence reduce cancer risk as well as the risk of a relapse) Asparagus and Brussel sprouts for their rich antioxidants, Bitter gourd for lowering blood sugar levels

Green leafy vegetables for calcium and iron
Fruits: Oranges (provide vitamin C) Bananas​, kiwi, peaches, mangoes, pears and strawberries for vitamins and fibre, Avocadoes, guava, apricots, figs, prunes and raisins for energy

Proteins:Lean meat, fish, poultry, eggs, tauhu and taukwa, Nuts, dried beans, dals and chickpeas, Fish and soy foods (especially good for prostate cancer patients)

Carbohydrates:Rice, noodles, chapati, whole grain bread and pasta, Wholegrain crackers, oats, corn, potatoes, beans and dairy products, Honey, consumed in moderation for its antibacterial and antifungal properties which may help in preventing infections
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