Amy, My Grandfather was diagnosed with cancer in December. Since then he has had problems with eating food. Is Old Orchard a good juice for him to be drinking with his meds?

I am really sorry that your grandfather is struggling to eat. I work in a cancer center and many of my patients are getting cancer treatment, which can make eating difficult at times. It is great that you are interested in helping him eat and drink the right kinds of foods and beverages!

Old Orchard 100% fruit juices can be a great addition to your grandfather’s diet. However, because I am unsure of exactly what medication your grandpa is on, I would ask his oncology nurse or oncology physician if there are any food/drug interactions that could take place between drinking various juices and taking his medications. Some medications may require the patient to limit, say, grapefruit juice or juices with too much acid. If his medical team feels like juice consumption is safe with his medications, then there are many wonderful flavors of Old Orchard juice to choose from! If your grandpa is struggling with any joint or muscle pain, the Very Cherre juice from Old Orchard may be a great choice. Some studies suggest that 100% tart cherry juice can help reduce inflammation and joint pain. Personally, I am a huge fan of the Old Orchard’s Healthy Balance juice. It is low in calories and sugar but high in vitamin C and flavor. If your grandpa is losing weight, choosing the 100% juice option may be a good one. It is packed with healthy vitamins, minerals, and calories to help him maintain his weight.

Many of my patients complain of a low appetite as they go through treatment. They will say “nothing sounds good” and “I can’t decide what to eat.” During my diet education, I tell them to try to eat or drink something small every two to three hours throughout the day. I suggest that they set a timer or alarm and when it goes off it is time to eat (like a reminder to take medication). It’s a good idea to stock his home with nutrient dense foods and snacks. I tell my patients to choose things like: peanut butter, string cheese, eggs, fruit, cottage cheese, yogurt, hummus, nuts, avocado, supplement drinks, and canned chicken/tuna. Remind him that even if he is not hungry, he should try to at least take a few bites every few hours. I urge my patients to drink nutrient dense drinks also, because it is much easier to drink things when one is not hungry than it is to pick up a knife and fork and chew/swallow. Try homemade milkshakes, smoothies, or experiment with the various nutritional supplement drinks on the market.

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