Wise and Well With Dr. Stevie Dejuan Springer has creative diets for cancer patients to avoid cancer and has measures for those who are in remission.
On New Mexico Living, he discussed tips for cooking a Mediterranean Diet and its importance as a diet for cancer patients.
Foods to include in your diet as a cancer patient:
- Tomatoes, carrots, peas, pumpkin and turnips for vitamins and fiber
- Tomatoes, tomato puree and parsley (especially good for prostate cancer patients)
- Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage contain plant chemicals that can convert bad estrogen into good estrogen, and hence reduce cancer risk as well as the risk of a relapse
- Asparagus and Brussel sprouts for their rich antioxidants
- Bitter gourd for lowering blood sugar levels
- Green leafy vegetables for calcium and iron
- Oranges provide vitamin C
- Banana, kiwi, peaches, mangoes, pears and strawberries for vitamins and fiber
- Avocados, guava, apricots, figs, prunes and raisins for energy
- Lean meat, fish, poultry, eggs, tauhu and taukwa
- Dairy products, nuts, dried beans, dhals and chickpeas
- Fish and soy foods (especially good for prostate cancer patients)
- Rice, noodles, chapatti, wholegrain bread and pasta
- Wholegrain crackers, oats, corn, potatoes, beans and dairy products
- Honey, consumed in moderation for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which may help in preventing infections.
Foods to limit or avoid as a cancer patient:
- Deep fried, grilled, barbecued, baked meats since subjecting animal protein to high heat creates carcinogenic byproducts called heterocyclic amines
- Excessive intake of salt, sugar, and oily foods
- Red meat and processed meats such as bacon, ham, sausages
- Preserved foods like pickles, jams, kiam chye (salted mustard green), and century eggs as they contain nitrites which are carcinogenic
- Minimize alcohol
Cancer patients should avoid excessive intake of vitamin supplements, as they act as antioxidants and can interfere with chemotherapy when taken in large doses.