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What Foods Help With Nausea From Chemo?

Here’s what to eat if you have nausea and vomiting.

Many cancer organizations share their tips on the best foods for nausea during chemo. 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.

#1 High protein

"Eat boiled or baked meat, fish, and poultry; cold meat or fish salad.
Eggs, Cream soups made with low-fat milk, Non-fat yogurt"
"Avoid Fatty and fried meats, like sausage or bacon
Fried eggs, Milk shakes (unless made with low-fat milk and ice cream)" - source: cancer.org

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#2 How to Manage Nausea and Vomiting During Cancer Treatment

"Tips on how to manage nausea and vomiting during your cancer treatment. What foods to eat, when to eat and how to ensure you continue getting the proper nutrition." - source: The Ottawa Hospital / Youtube

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#3 Breads, cereals, rice, and pasta

"Eat saltines, soda crackers, bread, toast, cold cereal, English muffins, bagels, Plain noodles, rice"
"Avoid doughnuts, pastries, waffles, pancakes, muffins" - source: cancer.org

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#4 Ginger Can Help With Chemo

"Cancer patients can at times encounter severe nausea throughout the course of chemotherapy treatments. But, as CBS News Karina Mitchell reports, ginger has proved to be an effective remedy." - source: CBS / Youtube

"Ginger biscuits or ginger beer can help some people." - source: macmillan.org.uk

"Try ginger-based foods to help ease nausea. These include ginger ale, ginger tea, or crystallized ginger eaten as a snack" - source: breastcancer.org

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#5 Avoid dairy products

"It may help if you avoid dairy products such as milk cheese and butter." - source: breastcancercare.org.uk

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#6 Peppermint

"Some people find that peppermint helps with sickness. It is thought that it helps to slow down the gut. You can suck on mints, or drink peppermint tea." - source: cancerresearchuk.org

"Dietitians may also recommend ginger and peppermint products, which may act as natural anti-nausea agents." - source: cancercenter.com

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#7 Fruits and vegetables

"Eat potatoes (baked, boiled, or mashed), Juices, Canned or fresh fruits, vegetables as tolerated (do not eat if appetite is poor or nausea is severe)"
"Avoid potato chips, French fries, hash browns, Breaded, fried, or creamed vegetables; vegetables with strong odor" - source: cancer.org

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#8 Drinks, desserts, and other foods

"Eat cold fruit-ades, decaffeinated soft drinks, iced decaf tea, sports drinks, Sherbet, fruit-flavored gelatin, Angel food cake, sponge cake; vanilla wafers, Pudding, Popsicles, juice bars, fruit ices, Pretzels, Butter or margarine in small amounts, fat-skimmed gravy, Salt, cinnamon, spices as tolerated"
"Avoid alcohol, Coffee, Pie, ice cream, rich cakes, Spicy salad dressings, Olives, Cream, Pepper, chili powder, onion, hot sauce, seasoning mixtures" - source: cancer.org

"Drink 6-8 glasses of uncaffeinated fluid per day, such as broth, Gatorade®, Jello® (gelatin dessert), fruit juices, water ices, popsicles, soda and gingerale." - source: oncolink.org

"Drink lemonade or lemon water. Lemons are a natural nausea-reliever. Staying hydrated can often be a challenge during treatment, especially when plain water is not always appealing. Try an infused water, or ginger-zapped lemonade, which incorporates lemons and ginger to reduce queasiness. You can also add a slice of fresh lemon to your glass of water." - source: dana-farber.org

"High calorie drinks. Ask your doctor about high calorie drinks if eating has become too difficult." - source: breastcancercare.org.uk

"Switch to herbal teas instead of ordinary tea and coffee." - source: breastcancercare.org.uk

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#9 Try drinking fizzy drinks

"If your stomach is upset, try drinking fizzy drinks such as soda water or dry ginger ale." - source: cancercouncil.com.au

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#10 Experiment with different foods

"Everyone is an individual and not all foods work for everyone when nausea is an issue. Try to be patient and experiment with different foods."
"Start with bland foods with minimal odor and introduce them slowly, one at a time." - source: pearlpoint.org

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