The Experts Weigh In: What to Eat When You Have Cancer

Seven top diet and cancer professionals (including an oncologist with culinary training, an integrative medicine nutritionist, and a chef) share tips and advice for what to eat when battling cancer to help bring joy back to the table. By: Maureen Callahan, MS, RD

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Mayo Clinic Strategies
Photo Courtesy of Katherine Zeratsky, R.D.

Mayo Clinic Strategies

“So much of our culture revolves around showing love through food,” says Mayo Clinic dietitian Katherine Zeratsky, RD. “But try to imagine what it would be like to not have an appetite or to have a sore mouth.” She urges family members to be respectful of a loved one’s symptoms and gradually work with them to find foods they can tolerate. Here’s a long list of tips to help you do just that. Foods taste blah? Try punching them up with bold-flavored ingredients like barbecue or teriyaki sauce. Meat not appealing? Search out other protein-rich foods like lentils, peanut butter, or yogurt.

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