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For Immediate Release October 1, 1996
Contacts: Debra Wasserman (410) 366-VEGE
Jeanne Bartas (410) 366-8343


VEGETARIAN DIETS DURING CANCER TREATMENT

A vegetarian diet can be both safe and beneficial for people undergoing cancer treatment, provided they know how to make appropriate food choices. As with any diet for people with special medical problems, the consumer should talk to a registered dietitian knowledgeable about the food plan.

A recent article in Vegetarian Journal by Donna Paglia, M.S., R.D., gave introductory information for planning a vegetarian diet that will satisfy the special nutritional needs of the cancer patient.

Often during cancer treatment the patient experiences decreased appetite, feeling of fullness, nausea, loss of taste, and a sore mouth. During cancer treatment you may be counseled on a diet that is high in both calories and protein in order to meet the body's increased demands, as well as to maximize the value of a reduced volume of food. Small, frequent high calorie snacks may be helpful.

Quick and easy high calorie snacks for the lacto-ovo vegetarian are yogurts, puddings, custards, cheese, crackers, fruit, and creamed vegetable soups. The vegan can try fruit shakes, non-dairy frozen desserts, soy yogurts, chunky vegetable soups, and bagels.

For those with an increased sense of strong or bitter tastes, the mild flavor of some soy products can be a welcome change. If taste blindness is a problem, using marinades and seasonings for tofu and tempeh can enhance the flavor.

For a copy of the three-page Vegetarian Diets During Cancer Treatment with a sample of Vegetarian Journal, send $3 to The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.

The Vegetarian Resource Group is a non-profit organization which educates the public about vegetarianism (abstinence of meat, fish, and fowl). Vegans are vegetarians who do not consume other animal products such as dairy or eggs. For more information on vegetarianism, check out the VRG web site: http://vrg.org




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