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Oats During Chemotherapy

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 17 November 2021
Oats During Chemotherapy

Oatmeal provides numerous nutrients that can help your body during chemotherapy.

It boasts ample amounts of carbs, protein, and antioxidants, as well as more healthy fats than most grains. It also helps regulate your bowels because of its beta-glucan, a type of soluble fibre that feeds the good bacteria in your gut.

Oatmeal’s neutral flavour and creamy texture are especially advantageous if you’re experiencing common chemo side effects like dry mouth or mouth sores.

What’s more, you can take overnight oats to your chemo appointments.

To make this dish, simply soak oats in a milk of your choice and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, you can top it with berries, honey, or nuts.

If you’re taking oatmeal on the go, eat it within 2 hours to avoid foodborne illnesses — though you can minimize this risk by keeping it in a cooler.

Fruit and nuts are common add-ins, though you can also make savoury oatmeal with avocado or eggs.

Eat it plain or with a dash of salt if you’re experiencing nausea or mouth sores.

Author:Manuela Boyle
Tags:NewsCancerFood as Medicine


  • The Institute for Functional Medicine
  • Society for Integrative Oncology
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Australian Traditional-Medicine Society
  • Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia