Good nutrition with mesothelioma is an important part of fighting mesothelioma. There is a lot of conflicting advice on what foods are best to eat, so our nursing liaisons have developed a few key guidelines to use when choosing foods to.
- Focus on whole foods — Eat meat, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and some fruit. It’s best to eat fresh foods: avoid processed foods and sugar. If all you can do is avoid sugar, please try it: you will notice a difference! If you really want chocolate, eat chocolate with a higher percentage of cacao. Read the label: chocolate should have a high percentage of cacao and a short ingredient list. That way you will get some nutritional benefit from the chocolate.
- Avoid pesticides on vegetables and fruits — If you can, buy organic produce because it has not been sprayed with pesticides. If you cannot afford to buy all of your produce organic, at least make sure to buy these foods organic:
- Bell peppers
These foods are the “dirty dozen” most contaminated types of produce because of the way they are farmed. If money is an issue, buy the “clean fifteen” foods from the non-organic section:
- Sweet corn
- Sweet peas
- Sweet potatoes
Any fresh produce is better than none, so if money is an issue buy the “clean fifteen” from the non-organic section.
- Choose grass fed beef over grain fed beef — If you can, buy grass fed beef. It is more expensive, but the nutritional content is different. Grass fed beef is higher in omega-3 and omega-6, which help fight cancer and grow hair, respectively. Grass fed beef is also lower in fat than grain fed beef. EatWild.com and the USDA website are good resources for finding grass-fed beef near you.
Remember that when it comes to good nutrition, there are no shortcuts. There is no one food that will make you suddenly healthy: the key to a nutritious diet is eating a variety of fresh, nutritious foods and building good habits. Eating well will not cure your cancer alone, but a good diet will help you have a higher quality of life and a better chance of fighting cancer successfully.