Patients who are receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy may experience changes in taste and smell, which can make eating difficult.
Many cancer organizations share their tips on how to reduce metallic tastes during cancer treatment. We’ve curated a list of all the best tips. Oh, and you can submit your tips or add comments to tips submitted by others.
"In this interactive video, select the taste change you are experiencing to get specific food and lifestyle tips to help you manage them. Christy Brissette, Registered Dietitian at ELLICSR Health, Wellness and Cancer Survivorship Centre at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, provides practical information on what to do when food tastes too metallic, bitter, sweet or salty, or when food is bland or has no taste." - source: ELLICSR Kitchen / Youtube
"Suck on hard candy to lessen the metallic taste. If it happens while you’re getting chemotherapy, ask your nurse for a hard candy." - source: mskcc.org
"Sucking on lemon drops. Try to overpower the metallic taste by sucking on lemon drops; mints, or chewing strong flavored gum." - source: oncolink.org
"If your food preferences affect the quality of your diet, look for alternatives. For example, it is common to no longer enjoy meat during treatment. However, meat is a good source of protein, which is an important nutrient to enable your body to cope with the demands of cancer and treatment. If you find meat less appealing, try other good protein sources such as cheese, eggs, nuts, dairy foods, baked beans, kidney beans, lentils or chickpeas." - source: cancercouncil.com.au
"Try peeled, sweet baby carrots instead of large unpeeled carrots, which often taste extremely bitter."
"Eat fresh vegetables. They may be more appealing to you than canned or frozen ones. Canned soups and vegetables may have a metallic taste." - source: breastcancer.org
"Bland foods, such as eggs, cheese, cooked cereal, puddings, toast, rice and cream soups."
"Cold foods, such as cheese, milkshakes, cold cuts, tuna or egg salad."
"Salty foods, like pizza, hot dogs, sausage, chilli, spaghetti sauce and ketchup."
"Foods with strong flavours, such as bacon, pizza, barbecued chicken or other barbecued or charcoal-grilled foods." - source: cancer.ca
"Stock up on things like paprika and coriander and you’ll be able to spice up your life even on chemo. Just remember who else is eating with you (although it is entertaining to watch someone fanning their mouth while you’re trying to find some flavour)." - source: breastcancercare.org.uk
"I get metallic taste after my treatment. The best thing that worked for me is coconut water. Try to get the one with no added sugar. It is available at Freshneasy and Sprouts. I have seen it at regular grocery store. I start drinking the coconut water two days before my treatment and continue for couple more days after my treatment. This helps me a lot and I do not get tired. I hope this helps you." (1Little_M) - source: inspire.com
"WHAT TO TRY:
- Lemons !
- Strawberries !
- Sour cream / cream cheese
- Salt ’N' vinegar chips
- Lime with soda water
- Black coffee
- Guinness beer
- Hot sauce
* Try liquids and hot sauce last because it washes out the effect of the berry" - source: sgoodz / Youtube
"Eat foods that you enjoy and ignore those that do not appeal to you. But try them again after a few weeks, as your sense of taste may have changed." - source: macmillan.org.uk
"Don't force yourself to eat foods that taste bad to you. Find substitutes that you can tolerate." - source: breastcancer.org
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