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Cancer and Nutrition
What Every Caregiver Should Know
by Hillary Wright, Staff Writer
Tips to Promote Good Nutrition
In addition to utilizing an existing therapeutic
nutritional beverage with EPA, caregivers must still try
to help the ones being cared for eat a variety of foods,
since lots of nutrients from many different sources are
required to meet physical and nutritional needs.
Caregivers can help people with cancer create a
flexible, personalized nutritional plan that will be
easy to adapt to their ever-changing needs. Following
are guidelines to help create the basis for a sound,
There are many ways to add calories, and
eating high calorie foods is a good place to start.
Caregivers and people with cancer can enjoy adding the
following to increase calorie intake:
Melt margarine onto hot foods such
as toast, soups, vegetables, cooked cereals, rice
and soft-boiled eggs.
Choose mayonnaise instead of salad
dressing for use in meat salads, in deviled eggs and
Serve peanut butter - also high in
protein - with an apple, banana, or pear, or spread
it on a sandwich with mayonnaise.
Top puddings, pies, hot chocolate,
fruit, gelatin and other desserts with whipped
cream. Cook with heavy cream instead of milk.
Sprinkle nuts or seeds on
vegetables, salads, and pasta, or sprinkle on
desserts such as fruits, ice cream, pudding and
It can be extremely beneficial for a
person with cancer to receive extra protein, especially
if they are healing after surgery. The following
suggestions will help provide more healing proteins and
extra calories to the diet:
Add nonfat dry milk or powdered
protein supplements, like Soy Protein Shakes, to
regular milk. Also, they can be added to sauces and
gravies or used for breading meat, fish or poultry.
Cook cereals with milk instead of
Use milk, half-and-half and
evaporated milk when making instant cocoa, canned
soups, mashed potatoes, and puddings.
Add extra ice cream to milkshakes.
Add small pieces of meat, fish or
poultry to soups and to vegetable, noodle and rice
Add grated cheese to cream sauces,
casseroles, or vegetables.
Melt sliced cheese over hot apple
Combine cottage cheese and cream
cheese with fruit.
Use cream cheese and margarine on
hot bread or rolls.
Blend finely chopped hard-boiled
eggs into sauces, gravies, chopped meats, or salad
dressings or sprinkle over salads.