During chemotherapy diet

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What happens during a Chemotherapy diet?

Chemotherapy weakens a patient’s immune system.  Nutritious foods have to be consumed during chemotherapy diet as the patients lose weight during the treatment.  An ideal diet during chemotherapy will help them manage the issues, and it should be followed before, during and after chemo. 


How to understand chemotherapy diet? 

If you or your loved ones are going through chemotherapy, understand the chemotherapy diet to ensure maximum success of the treatment.   1. Provide sufficient calories for      maintaining weight 2. Optimise immune system 3. Provide overall strength 4. Improve tolerance towards the      chemo 


Side effects during Chemotherapy diet

Many patients face some side-effects of chemotherapy.  The degree may vary and not everyone faces all the side-effects such as nausea, diarrhoea, constipation, extreme tiredness and loss of weight whereas some patients may not even feel the side-effects.  


Proteins during Chemotherapy diet 

– Include lean meats like fish, chicken,    and eggs. – Avoid processed meats like sausages     and red meats during chemotherapy.  – Include pulses like masoor dal, tur dal,    green gram, nuts, soy foods, milk and     milk products, etc. 


How to intake protein seriously?

– Limit intake of coffee or tea to 2 -3    cups per day  – Avoid overeating, or eating too often    and eat after a gap of two or three    hour – Include salads, fruits like papaya,     mangoes, kiwi, and pineapple before    every meal 


Carbohydrates  Main energy source 

Carbohydrates give the body the fuel it needs to perform physical activity and proper organ function.  One can include fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains as the carbohydrates supply needed minerals, vitamins, fibre and phytonutrients to the body’s cells to promote better health.


Fats during Chemotherapy diet 

Fats provide nutrition to the body where the body requires fats to store energy, insulate body tissues, and also transport some vitamin types through the blood.  Try to keep the cholesterol level in control, choose monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats more than trans or saturated fats.


Types of fats 

– Monounsaturated fats are found in   (olive, canola and peanut oils)    Polyunsaturated fats are found in    (sunflower, safflower, corn and    flaxseed)  – Saturated fats are found in     (meat, poultry, cheese and butter)  – Trans fat is found in (snack food,    baked goods and certain animal    products). 


Antioxidants during chemotherapy diet

Antioxidants include vitamin A, C and E, carotenoids, minerals, selenium, zinc, and some enzymes.  Plant-based foods are the best sources of diet found in fruits, vegetables, cocoa, nuts, whole grains, seeds, herbs and spices - typically high in fibre, low in cholesterol and saturated fat.


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