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Create a Positive Taste For Cancer Patients

Recently, I received a compelling email from a customer. She was enjoying our EAT Bar snacks; however, at the same time her story caused me to reflect who is enjoying the EAT Bar. The writer shared that she is undergoing chemotherapy treatments. She doesn’t have a diagnosed dysphagia (or swallowing disorder) she was finding herself with decreased appetite and an altered sense of taste.  She reported the EAT Bar was so "sweet and yummy" that they were able to significantly decrease her “medicine mouth”.

As a therapist, I would often hear about how a patient’s taste had been altered.  Whether during chemotherapy, following radiation or side effects from prescribed medications, patients identified similar feeling of distress. They had a lingering bad taste in their mouth, had reduced positive taste or lacked any and all taste. As you can imagine, this impacts the amount of food they consume and seriously affects their quality of their life.

In an article by Madhulika Sikka, she related tips that helped her through chemotherapy treatments.  She states “Eating should be a pleasure, and we tend to lose sight of that fact.  In fact, eating should be as much about pleasure as it is about health. So, don’t destroy the pleasure by now forcing yourself to eat something that doesn’t smell or taste good to you.” ( January 17, 2013) I whole heartedly agree. When confronted with navigating a new diagnosis and a host of demanding treatments, we also need to focus attention on what someone will actually eat and the best way to increase calories they’ll enjoy.

If you know someone who is undergoing chemotherapy or other treatments that are negatively affecting their sense of taste, consider giving them the EAT Bar as a gift. You may be surprised how this small selfless act can bring someone an immense sense of relief.