Can I eat red meat?

You do not have to eliminate red meat from your diet during cancer treatment. However, its consumption is entirely optional.

Should I cut dairy products out of my diet?

The experts’ recommendation is to follow a healthy, balanced diet that includes daily consumption of dairy products. Dairy products should only be eliminated from your diet if your oncologist or your registered dietitian indicates so.

Does the consumption of sugar promote the growth of tumour cells?

Eating sugar or foods containing different types of sugars, especially from fruit, vegetables, and cereals, in moderation and as part of a balanced diet, has no harmful effects on health.

Does chocolate have a negative effect on people undergoing cancer treatment?

A moderate consumption of chocolate has no negative effect on the health of patients undergoing cancer treatment. Chocolate, preferably dark or high in cocoa (minimum 70%), can be included in a balanced diet, in moderate quantities.

Can I eat artificial sweeteners?

There is currently no evidence that commercially available artificial sweeteners are associated with the risk of developing cancer or that they have a negative effect on patients already undergoing treatment.

Is harmful to drink tap water during treatment?

Under no circumstances. Tap water (provided it is stipulated as drinking water) can be used for human consumption, both for cooking and drinking.  

Can I eat oily fish?

Yes. Fish (both white and oily varieties) and seafood are essential in a balanced and varied diet. They are an excellent source of proteins, minerals, vitamins from group B (B6 and B12) and vitamins A, D, E, and the best food source of omega-3 fatty acids. 

Are all containers to store and conserve food safe?

EU-approved food storage and preservation containers designed for food use, if used correctly, are safe during cancer treatment.

Do I need special pots and pans?

No. Teflon and all other commercially available materials suitable for cooking are safe and adequate for people during cancer treatment.

Is it safe to use the microwave?

The use of a microwave oven does not present any risk to health. The health authorities have been guaranteeing its safety for years and it can be used daily to heat and cook food with complete peace of mind.