Top 3 Thanksgiving Foods For Mesothelioma Patients

If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving this year, whether at your own home or by bringing a dish or two to a friend or relative’s home, it’s easy to incorporate healthy alternatives that will help battle cancer while enjoying time with family. The following foods contain the strongest cancer-fighting items, approved by physicians and likely approved by your taste buds.


Blueberry Dishes


According to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), blueberries are one the most power cancer-fighting foods available. Packed with Vitamin C, fiber, and ellagic acid, blueberries have cancer-fighting components that are hard to match. Luckily, there are a number of dishes (look for the recipes under the sources section) you can make with blueberries that will compliment a Thanksgiving dinner, including:

  • Blueberry spinach salad
  • Wild blueberry relish
  • Pumpkin blueberry trifle

Carrot Dishes


The Cancer Cure Foundation states that carrots contain massive amounts of beta carotene. Beta carotene gives carrots their bright orange color, but it does much more than make foods look pretty. The body converts beta carotene into Vitamin A, which may possibly help fight a number of different types of cancer. Another substance in carrots, known as falcarinol, was shown to help reduce the chances of developing cancer. Consider the following dishes for Thanksgiving (recipes in the sources section):

  • Sauteed carrots
  • Roasted coconut carrots
  • Julienne carrot salad

Mushroom Dishes


Not everyone likes mushrooms, but those that do can reap powerful cancer-fighting rewards. Mushrooms are packed with Vitamin D, selenium, potassium, copper, iron, and calcium. They also help ward off infections, and fight not only against cancer, but also diabetes, high blood pressure, and more. The following Thanksgiving dishes give an ample of mushrooms, and to many, are a delicious alternative to traditional side dishes (recipes are in sources section).

  • Last minute mushrooms
  • Mushroom saute
  • Herbed mushrooms with white wine

Other Cancer-Fighting Foods

According the to American Cancer Society (ACS), the following foods also have strong cancer-fighting properties. Keep in mind that the recipes and dishes are only general guidelines. Always consult with your physician or dietitian beforehand if you have any questions about your food intake.

Foods During Cancer Treatment:

  • Fish and poultry
  • Lean read meat
  • Soy foods
  • Eggs
  • Low-fat dairy
  • Nuts and dried beans
  • Peas
  • Soy food
  • Lentils
  • Water (drink as much as possible)
  • Herbs
  • Fruit milkshakes

Foods After Cancer Treatment: 

  • High fiber foods, such as whole-grain cereals and breads
  • Low-fat dairy products
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • 2.5 cups of fruits each day
  • Apples/prune sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Clear broth soups
  • Yogurt
  • Water

Again, be certain consult with your doctor and/or dietitian concerning your specific nutritional needs and food intake.

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