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Foods MS Patients Should Avoid

By Daryl H. Bryant (527 words)
Posted in Pay it Forward on January 29, 2014

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Foods MS Patients Should Avoid

Eating the right foods when you have MS can be challenging, but it isn't impossible. Rather than create an entirely new diet, many prefer to just eliminate some “problem” foods from their diet. While it is true that different foods effect MS patients in various ways, multiple studies have shown that the following foods cause issues in many MS sufferers. Try eliminating these items to see if you get some relief from your symptoms.

1. Red Meat. Red meat is high in saturated fat, making it one of the first that has to go. If you find yourself using ground hamburger in a lot of your meals at home, replace it with ground turkey or chicken. If you need to have  steak, keep it to less than three ounces a week.

2. Full fat dairy products. This means no whole milk, ice cream, cheese, yogurt or sour cream. This may seem like a lot, but keep in mind that you can replace these items with low or non-fat versions, such as: skim milk and non-fat sour cream.

3. Cream cakes. Boston cream pie and cheesecake are delicious, but they contain too much fat for someone with MS to process. If you’re looking for a low-fat version, read the label carefully and serve yourself a small piece.

4. Eggs yolks. This is the fattiest part of the egg, so it should be eliminated from your diet. However, you can still have egg whites since they are high in protein but have virtually no fat. You can separate eggs yourself or just buy a carton of egg whites.

5. Processed meats. Bologna and pork roll are full of fat Since it’s difficult to identify how these processed meats are made, to replace them with low fat turkey and chicken cold cuts.

6. Anything with trans-fats. These are some of the most difficult fats for your body to process, but unfortunately they are found all over the grocery store. Read labels carefully on salad dressing, doughnuts, and frozen meals.

7. Some restaurant meals. Many restaurants use more fat (in the form of cooking oil and butter) than they state publicly. While many chefs claim that this is the only way to make the food taste good, it can wreak havoc on your body. If you can't confirm how much fat is used in the dish, look for options that don't require sautéing, such as salads.

Also try to avoid foods with sauces. It’s often difficult to judge how much sauce you're actually eating, and because these foods are made in large batches it can be hard for a kitchen to control what is going in them.

With so many restrictions on what you shouldn't eat, it can be difficult to find foods that you can eat. Fortunately, there are many delicious recipes which are tasty, yet safe for the majority of multiple sclerosis patients.

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