Common Nutrition Advice That You Should Ignore Vol: 2

2nd August 2017, Dietitian Marcus Lee, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital

‘Juices Can Help To Fight Cancer’

Juicing is a great way to add more servings of fruit and vegetable into to your diet. However, juices should not be used alone as a therapeutic diet as it is nutritionally insufficient especially for patients who are undergoing cancer treatment.

Juices are lack of protein, vitamin B12, zinc, iron, and calcium. Juicing also reduces the amount of fiber that you are able to get from the fruit or vegetables.

Cancer patients who are undergoing treatment, usually need more protein than healthy people. After surgery, during chemotherapy and radiotherapy, extra protein is needed to heal tissues and to reduce risk of infection. Insufficient intake of protein may lead to involuntary weight and reduce the efficacy of treatment.

If you are having difficulty in chewing or swallowing, juicing may be a good option for getting fruit or vegetables into your body. Besides juicing, you are encouraged to take nutritional supplement when having difficulty to chew, swallow or consume normal food. You may also want to consider blenderizing your foods to stay well-nourished. Talk to a dietitian about what to do to ensure you meet all of your calorie and protein needs.

For example, if you take juice during snack time, enjoy it with Greek yogurt with some flax seeds sprinkled on top. Or have your juice with scrambled eggs or omelets.

Try this recipe for juicing:

Orange & Pineapple Smoothie

(makes one serving)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 200 ml full cream milk
  • 1/4 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1 orange

Method:

  • Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  • Option: add honey for sweetness.