Is Old Orchard juice okay to drink with cancer treatments?
I work in a cancer center, and I definitely encourage many patients to make healthy changes in their diet during cancer treatment. I am not sure what treatment you will be getting, but following a healthy diet (that includes Old Orchard juice) will really help improve your overall tolerance to treatment and keep your energy levels up!
I encourage my patients to try to stay at a healthy weight during chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Weight loss often occurs with the diagnosis of cancer and can worsen during cancer treatment. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery can often lead to a reduction in weight secondary to reduced appetite, early satiety (filling up fast), altered taste, sore mouth, and changes in bowel habits. If you are experiencing any of these side effects, certainly diet changes can help. For example, if you are losing weight, I suggest that you start your day with a hearty breakfast. Use milk (or almond / soy milk) instead of water in your oatmeal and add favorite fruit, flaxseeds and nuts to the mix. The addition of a glass of 100% Old Orchard juice and a slice of toast with peanut butter really increases the calorie content. If your typical lunch consists of a turkey sandwich on white bread I encourage you to choose nutrient dense whole grain bread and top it with low fat mayo, cheese, hummus, vegetables and turkey. For further improvement pair that with a fruit salad, 100% fruit juice and whole grain crackers. At dinner I suggest topping baked broccoli with cheese, adding meat to soups or casseroles, sprinkle nuts, cheese, and eggs on a side salad etc.
If you are struggling with getting fuller fast, small frequent meals can be the way to go. Choosing nutrient dense snacks like peanut butter toast, whole grain granola, cheese and crackers, hummus and whole grain chips, fruit/nut/seed trail mix, hard boiled eggs and yogurt combined with fruit and nuts make great snacks. Watching the clock can help people obtain adequate nutrition. I advise that people eat every 2-3 hours as a way to best optimize nutrition. (As a general rule, I would encourage my patients to only choose juice that is 100% fruit juice, but I would also encourage them to limit their intake to 2-3 cups per day.)
Though it is not as common, some of my patients will gain weight during treatment. And others simply need to healthfully lose weight at the end of the treatment. It’s at this time that you may want to add Old Orchard’s Healthy Balance or Cranberry Naturals juice. Both juices have less sugar and calories than traditional juice. This will help my patients to stick within their calorie goals and to get to a healthy weight. In addition to juice that is lower in sugar, these patients should also strive to get at least 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables throughout the day. They should increase their intake of whole grains and limit their intake of saturated fat (butter, red meat) and foods with added sugar (cookies, candy bars, soda).Login to Favorite