What is it about Raspberries and Cancer?
Joss Searchlight as part of ‘It’s Good to Talk’ program recently asked parents of children with cancer what their children craved during treatment.
We asked this because just after Joss was diagnosed he craved Raspberries, both fresh and tinned. We later found out that there is something in raspberries that is apparently good at fighting cancer – Ellagic acid. Raspberries have the highest concentration of this antioxidant .
This compound is located in berry seeds, and various studies have demonstrated that people who consume foods high in ellagic acid are three times less likely to develop cancer when compared with those who consume very little or no ellagic acid. Other antioxidants in berries including vitamins C and E may also offer protection against cancer and chronic disease.
Girl: My daughter ate quite a few punnets of raspberries
Boy: Tonnes of raspberries and strawberries in his year of fighting RMS, especially during his week of brachytherapy.
Girl: Pineapple and ravioli. Thankfully not at the same time!
Boy: He can eat up to 4 whole cucumbers a day and we ve just found out is also one of the food items that fight cancer the most
Girl: Carrots and again are cancer fighting!
Boy: Eats only yellow food!
Boy: Tonnes of raspberries, strawberries and blueberries. And tomatoes
Boy: Chicken, chicken and a side order of roast pork
Boy: Tomatoes, strawberries and sausages
Girl: Apricot kernels excellent for cancer bashing
Girl: A punnet of strawberries every day. She also ate tons of mushrooms during treatment too.
Boy: Bacon and cheese pasta. Hmmm, not convinced about this one!
Boy: Lots of Garlic. I read that garlic was good for cancer so we eat lots … I hope it does work otherwise we’ve lost friends for nothing
Boy: Super mature cheddar and sausage
Girl: Meat, especially red meat,
Girl: Spicy sausage or beef .
Girl: Broccoli, its all she would eat when she was on treatment
Boy: Pasta with cheese, minced beef and onion pies, watermelon and he loves sausages and potatoes
Girl: Chicken nuggets (had to be Mcdonalds) Other things changed every cycle of chemo. We went through ham, quavers, smarties, crunchies and roast beef hoolahoops.
Boy: Raspberries, strawberries, cucumber, grapes, carrot and salami.
Girl: My daughter craved sweets at the beginning then over night it was salt, and spicy food.
Boy: Plain pasta and cucumber
Girl: McDonalds, KFC and spaghetti bolognaise. And ice pops
Boy: Plain smooth yoghurts!! Record was 27 in one day.
Boy: Chocolate and quavers. Anything with cream
Girl: Chicken curry with rice
Boy: Fruit particularly kiwis. He’d have 3-4 a day! Orange juice. Roast potatoes and gravy
Boy: Mexican food, bean sprouts and iceburg lettuce
Girl: Garlic bread and marmite sandwiches
Boy: Sausage sandwiches and a still lucozade sport.
Boy: Bacon, spaghetti with ketchup and ham
Boy: Strawberries and cheese. Crackers and marmite and gravy. Pizza
Girl: Strawberries, pasta, anything cheesy, chicken drumsticks and tomato soup.
Boy: Weetabix and BBQ flavoured hula hoops
Boy: Sausages, Haggis,bananas and pizza
Boy: McDonalds chips and quavers. Found out it was the salt that he was craving .
Boy: Curry Super noodles and cheese
Boy: Burgers and crumpets
Boy: Bacon and fried eggs
Boy: Pepperoni pizzas, chicken satay sticks, mash potato with gravy, pickle onion Monster Munch and strong flavoured crisps, Magnum bars
Boy: Anything salty when he was diagnosed. Crisps any with a strong flavour.
Boy: Blueberries and raspberries.