Be Careful What You Eat
When you have cancer, you need good nutrition to help keep your body strong. To do this you need to be aware of the foods you eat and how you prepare them.
Some raw foods can contain germs that can hurt you when cancer or treatment weakens your immune system. Ask your health care provider about how to eat well and safely.
Eggs can have a bacteria called Salmonella on their inside and outside. This is why eggs should be cooked completely before eating.
- Yolks and whites should be cooked solid. DO NOT eat runny eggs.
- DO NOT eat foods that may have raw eggs in them (such as certain Caesar salad dressings, cookie dough, cake batter, and hollandaise sauce).
Be careful when you have dairy products:
- All milk, yogurt, cheese, and other dairy should have the word pasteurized on their containers.
- DO NOT eat soft cheeses or cheeses with blue veins (such as Brie, Camembert, Roquefort, Stilton, Gorgonzola, and Bleu).
- DO NOT eat Mexican-style cheeses (such as queso blanco fresco and cotija).
Fruits and vegetables:
- Wash all raw fruits, vegetables, and fresh herbs with cold running water.
- DO NOT eat raw vegetable sprouts (such as alfalfa and mung bean).
- DO NOT use fresh salsa or salad dressings that are kept in the refrigerated cases of the grocery store.
- Drink only juice that says pasteurized on the container.
DO NOT eat raw honey. Eat only heat-treated honey. Avoid sweets that have creamy fillings.