What should my diet include if I have neutropenia?

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JKJones (Pharmacist (Verified) ) - 06 / 12 / 2011

Patients with neutropenia should follow a neutropenic diet. A neutropenic diet limits exposure to bacteria, thereby lessening the chance of food-borne illnesses. The goal of your diet should be to keep your immune system strong to fight infections.

Some suggestions are:
- High protein diet including mature beans.
- High fiber diet.
- Make sure to wash, peal, and wear plastic disposable gloves when preparing fruit, meats, and vegetables. The peal or outer surfaces can contain bacteria and it is important to avoid infections.
- Eating thick-skinned fruits like oranges, bananas, melons is advised.
- Avoid unpasteurized milk, milk products, non pasteurized cheeses, and any yogurt with live and active cultures.
- Always eat well cooked meat. Eat vacuum-packed lunch meats and not freshly sliced meats.
- Avoiding raw foods, such as honey, loose teas, unwashed fresh vegetables and fruits because of the potential of E.coli contamination.
- Lots of fruits and vegetables because they contain cancer fighting properties.

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