Thursday, January 31, 2008

Extra Calories When Fighting For Cancer

When you have cancer and are going through treatments, your body may need more calories. Carbohydrates and fats can give your body the extra calories it needs. Sources of carbohydrates include fruit, vegetables, breads, pasta, grains and cereal products, dried beans, peas and lentils. Sources of fats include butter, margarine, oils, nuts, seeds, and the fat in meats, fish, poultry and dairy products.

You may be surprised to be told to eat foods that are high in fat when you have probably learned that a diet low in fat is better for your overall health. But when you are fighting cancer, you will need the extra calories and nutrients to keep you going before, during and after treatment. Carbohydrates and fats can also help you maintain your weight or gain weight if needed.

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