Breast Cancer Nutrition: Foods To Love And Avoid

Good nutrition is a critical part of fighting any cancer, but research has found that there are some specific recommendations for breast cancer nutrition. While some foods will have a positive impact on health and tumor reduction, other foods should be avoided.

Foods for Well-being

During cancer treatments, you need healthy, on-hand options for keeping your weight up, nausea down, spirits lifted, and appetite peaked. Some suggestions include:

  • water and fruit juices – prevent dehydration
  • hard boiled eggs and lean proteins – provide energy and calories for strength
  • nuts and seeds – reduce nausea, increase fiber and provide protein energy
  • whole grain carbs – reduce constipation and diahrrea
  • granola bars – provide needed calories for energy and nutrition
  • fresh fruits and vegetables – regulate the bowels with fiber, high in nutrients and antioxidants

Foods for Cancer-fighting

In addition to providing overall health, some food have direct effects on the battle against the cancer itself. To fight and prevent cancer try:

  • garlic – helps fight cancer
  • fruits and vegetables – high in antioxidants and immune boosting nutrients, but also reduce chances of the recurrence of breast cancer
  • tea – high in cancer fighting antioxidants
  • whole grains – rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants that fight cancer
  • flax seed – contains the phytoestrogen lignan that shows promise in diminishing the onset of estrogen-stimulated breast cancer

Foods to Avoid

Avoid the following foods:

  • Alcohol – linked to an increase in cancer risk factors
  • Dried fruits and prunes –  combat constipation, but should be avoided if diarrhea is a problem
  • Soy products –  contains isoflavones that could be linked to higher cancer risks
  • High fat foods – cause nausea and constipation during treatment

For more information on healthy diet options for breast cancer suffers, be sure to check out the variety of books at your local library or book store.


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  • marilyn sherman

    A really interesting book about the interaction between food and breast cancer is the The Pink Ribbon Diet: A Revolutionary New Weight Loss Plan to Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk which recommends heavy use of olive oil (with the total exclusion of other oils-though the author does make an exception for canola oil.) and a large consumption of vegetables–cooked in the olive oil which aids in the absorption of carotenoids. At a recent author event, I was inspired by a number of audience members who have followed the diet and have seen an improvement in health and weight loss!