milk - vitamin D

While recent research has shown that milk cannot single-handedly fortify our bones, it is still worth having in your fridge. Milk can be a great snack and a better way to stave off hunger than chips or other unhealthy options; it may also be a good option if you are feeling energy depleted.

For those undergoing treatment, it can be a great way to get added protein into your diet, as a single glass of milk contains 8g of protein, almost as much as an egg coming in at 7g of protein per egg.  Milk also contains carbohydrates and electrolytes like sodium and potassium. It also offers calcium, and phosphorus, and is usually fortified with vitamin D.

We have a number of decisions to make when deciding on what milk to buy.  Do we want skim, two percent, or whole?

If you are having issues with maintaining weight, full fat is always the better option. It’s also worth remembering that whole milk only has 3.25% fat, compared to reduced which is 2%-therefore whole milk is still not very high fat.

Chef Tips

 Some people may experience lactose intolerance as a result of prolonged diarrhea which can be a side effect from cancer treatment. If this is the case, it’s best to stay away from cow’s milk and try other options like goat milk, lactose-free milk, or unsweetened soy and hemp milks which provide the highest amount of protein of the plant-based milks on the market.

Pour some milk over our Healthy Fruity Oatmeal to give it more oomph, in both energy and taste. Milk is a key ingredient in many delicious desserts like our Icelandic Rice Pudding and Carrot Halva.  It is also a necessary ingredient in many quick-to-make baked goods, like our delicious Whole Wheat Yogurt Biscuits and Maple-Apple Scones

Registered Dietitian Approved

There are many misconceptions about nutrition and cancer in widespread media. By using current scientific literature and recommendations from the Oncology Nutrition for Clinical Practice, 2nd Ed., published by the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, a professional interest group of the  Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American Institute for Cancer Research, the National Cancer Institute, and the American Cancer Society, our Registered Dietitian, Kate Ueland, MS, RD, CSO and our team of editors work to help our readers discern truth from myth. The statements on this blog are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Always consult your physician or registered dietitian for specific medical advice.

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