What are the best foods to eat to fight cancer?

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Dr. Kathleen Wolin, ScD
Preventive Medicine
A cancer-healthy diet includes lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and protein from non-red meat sources. In this video, cancer researcher Kate Wolin, ScD, discusses her favorite cancer-fighting foods, as well as organic food options.
When you are faced with a cancer diagnosis, nutrition can be an important part of your healing journey. Eating a well-balanced diet before, during and after cancer treatment can help you feel better, maintain your strength and speed your recovery. Be sure to include:
  • Protein-rich foods, such as lean meats (chicken, fish or turkey), eggs, low-fat dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese or dairy substitutes, nuts and nut butters, beans and soy foods
  • Whole-grain foods including oatmeal, whole-wheat breads, brown rice and whole-grain pastas
  • A variety of colorful fruits and vegetables (a minimum of five servings a day)
  • Healthy fats, such as avocado and olive oil
Be sure to limit sweets and added sugars. Foods high in added sugars, like desserts and sweets,  provide little nutritional benefit and often take the place of other foods that are better for you.

Most importantly, know that your cancer journey is unique to you and your treatment. You may experience side effects that affect your ability to follow these suggestions. If you are struggling with any side effects, such as loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting or any other nutrition concerns, your needs may be different.
Samantha Heller, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

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