Thousands of cancer patients, cancer survivors, medical researchers and oncologists are seeking the healthiest cancer diet. The truth is that while research has proven that some foods help some cancer patients fight certain types of cancer, there is no exact diet plan that can cure cancer.
While some patients feel better than others during chemotherapy and radiation treatments, it is important for all cancer patients to stay hydrated and eat nutritional foods during and after treatments. While different patients prefer different foods and drinks during treatment, there are some basic diet principles that tend to help cancer patients feel better, and some cancer foods that may reduce the risk of cancer returning.
Balanced Diets of Whole, Raw, and Organic Foods
Balanced diets that contain whole, unprocessed foods are highly recommended for cancer patients. High fiber diets and macrobiotic diets are often recommended for cancer patients, as well as high enzyme diets. The most consistent advice for cancer patients is to replace refined, processed foods with whole, unprocessed, organic and raw foods. Saturated fats should be avoided, but monounsaturated fats from olive oil or flax seeds are good for cancer patients—and everyone else. To fight cancer, as well as other health problems, partially hydrogenated oils should be completely eliminated from your diet. Some researchers believe trans fatty oils are the cause of cancer in some patients.
Say No To Refined, Processed Foods
The refined, processed foods that should be eliminated from a chemotherapy diet include:
- white flour
- white bread
- white rice
- fried food
- refined salt
- artificial sweeteners
- meat from animals that have been treated with hormones or antibiotics
Replace Refined Foods with Cancer-Fighting Foods
Refined, processed cancer foods should be replaced with whole grains, fish, raw or lightly steamed vegetables, fruits, beans, soy products, nuts, tea and 8 to 10 glasses of water per day. Green, leafy vegetables and cruciferous veggies such as cabbage, broccoli and kale are especially good for cancer patients. Carrot juice is known to help fight cancer with antioxidants from beta-carotene and alpha-carotene. Garlic and onions are also believed to be anti-carcinogenic by some researchers.
Eat and Drink Healthy Antioxidants
Antioxidants in green and black tea, berries and dark-colored vegetables can help prevent and fight cancer.
Say Yes to Organic and Raw Foods
Some cancer experts recommend a 50 – 70% raw food diet, and some experts suggest that 50% of your diet should be vegetables. Other experts also recommend organic foods for cancer patients to eliminate pesticides from your diet.
Say Yes to Protein
When it comes to getting enough protein in your diet, small servings of fish and organic, free range poultry are preferred for cancer patients.
How you eat is almost as important as what you eat when you are battling cancer (or any other disease). To feel your best, sit down to eat, because sitting is ideal for your digestive system. Chewing your food thoroughly will also help with digestion. Only eat when you are hungry, and be sure to stop eating as soon as you feel full.