Breast Cancer Smoothies: 100 Delicious, Research-Based Recipes for Prevention and Recovery

HCI. Sept. 2016. 336p. photos. index. ISBN 9780757319396. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9780757319402. HEALTH
OrangeReviewStarClinical nutritionist and educator Chace explains that most people diagnosed with cancer have nutritional deficiencies, and large-scale studies have shown that most women diagnosed with breast cancer are lacking in vitamin D. These facts, as well as behaviors the author noticed among her patients—the need for cold food, for example, as the smell of cooked meals triggered nausea—led her to create and test these recipes for dozens of smoothies featuring fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, and more. After providing a breast cancer nutrition overview, Chace describes the equipment found in a healthy kitchen; smoothie-making steps; and ingredient purchase, prep, and storage. The recipes, which make up the bulk of the book, are presented in 11 sections on types such as apple, carrot juice, coconut water, and green tea, with ten-plus recipes in each segment. Appendixes include a listing of ingredients beneficial for patients with specific breast cancer subtypes and references to the medical and nutritional information Chace presents.
VERDICT While anyone will benefit from and enjoy these yummy smoothies (shown in color photos), the nutritional aspects specific to breast cancer subtypes and the list of foods to avoid make it a valuable addition to a patient's arsenal.
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