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What Can I Eat With Mouth Sores From Chemo?

Food Ideas to try with a Sore Mouth. During cancer treatment, it is important that you are able to eat enough to keep up your strength and help your body heal.

“Oral mucositis leads to several problems including pain, nutritional problems related to the inability to eat, and increased risk of infection due to open sores in the oral and throat mucosa (lining). It has a significant effect on the patient’s quality of life and can be dose limiting (requiring a reduction in subsequent chemotherapy doses).” – source: oncolink.org

#1 Foods To Eat with Sore Mouth, Throat, or Tongue

"Proteins - Soft, bland, ground or pureed meats, poultry, and fish
Hamburger meat, Chicken or tuna salad, Casseroles, Chicken and rice, Tuna noodle casserole, Egg, cheese, or bean dishes, Scrambled, or hard boiled eggs, Mashed beans with cheese, Milk, Plain or vanilla yogurt, Custard, Milkshakes, Creamed soups and stews, Creamy peanut butter, Liquid nutrition supplements

Carbohydrates - Soft, moistened breads, Cooked cereals, Instant oatmeal or grits, Creamed wheat or rice, Cold cereals soaked in milk, Pasta or rice in sauce, Macaroni and cheese

Fruits and Veggies - Soft, cooked, or pureed fruits, Bananas, Applesauce, Watermelon, Canned fruits, Baby food, Soft or cooked, vegetables, Pureed or mashed vegetables, Mashed potatoes, Soups and stews.

Drinks - Non-acidic juices and fruit nectars, Apple juice, Pear juice, Decaffeinated coffee and tea

Condiments - Butter, Vegetable oils, Cream cheese, Sour cream

Desserts - Vanilla pudding, Cakes, cookies, and pie soaked in milk Gelatin, Ice cream or sherbet, Popsicles" - source: pearlpoint.org

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#2 Foods To Avoid with Sore Mouth, Throat, or Tongue

"Proteins - Spicy foods, Spaghetti, Tacos, Curry dishes, Chili Tough, dry meats, poultry, or fish

Carbohydrates - Dry, tough breads, Crackers, Crusty bread and rolls English muffins, Bagels, Salted breads, Chips, Pretzels

Fruits and Veggies - Citrus or acidic fruit, Oranges, Lemons, Limes, Pineapple, Raw vegetables or fruits with tough skins, Pickled fruits and vegetables, Pickles, Tomato, raw or cooked, Popcorn

Drinks - Citrus juices, Grapefruit, Orange, Lemon or lime, Tomato, Caffeinated drinks, Carbonated drinks, Alcohol

Condiments and Spices - Vinegar, Pepper, Hot or pepper sauce, Chili powder, Cloves, Nutmeg, Horseradish, Ketchup, Salsa, Marinara sauce

Desserts - Chocolate desserts" - source: pearlpoint.org

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#3 Eat soft, moist, bland foods

"Eat soft, moist, bland foods that are lukewarm or cool in temperature. Hot foods or fluids can irritate a sore mouth. The following foods are gentle on the mouth but provide the nourishment needed:
cream soups
mashed potatoes
yogurt
eggs
puddings, custards, Jell-O or gelatin
pasta, quiche, casseroles and cheese dishes
applesauce, canned fruit and bananas
frozen fruit bars, popsicles, ice cream, sherbet or milkshakes
commercial nutritional supplements such as Ensure or Pediasure" - source: cancer.ca

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#4 Eat To Fight: Sore Mouth, Throat, and Tongue

"When you are faced with a cancer diagnosis, nutrition is an important part of your journey. Sore mouth, throat, and tongue are common side effects of cancer treatment. In this video, learn how to “eat to fight" sore mouth, throat, and tongue. Many side effects of cancer treatment can be managed by changing what and how you eat. Use the quick and easy tips in this video to manage sore mouth, throat, and tongue. Good nutrition before, during, and after treatment can help you feel better, maintain your strength, and speed your recovery." - source: MyPearlPoint / Youtube

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#5 Food for a sore chemo mouth

"Cancer in Heels recommends foods for a sore chemo mouth" - source: Cancer in Heels / Youtube

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#6 Avoid spicy, hot, or acidic foods and drinks

"Avoid irritating, acidic foods and juices, such as tomato and citrus (orange, grapefruit, and lemon); spicy or salty foods; and rough or coarse foods such as raw vegetables, granola, popcorn, and toast." - source: onhealth.com

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#7 Try cold milk products

"Eat cold sour cream before meals to coat your mouth and throat and ease discomfort."

"Try cold milk products to help soothe the painful areas." - source: breastcancer.org

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#8 Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables

"Vary your diet to include plenty of fruits and vegetables. You'll need the vitamins and nutrients they provide to help your body fight infections during treatment." - source: mayoclinic.org

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