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These 21 Foods Are Making You Smell Bad Slideshow

Don’t want mysterious odors seeping through your pores? Avoid these foods or consume with caution

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These 21 Foods Are Making You Smell Bad

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You're sitting on a train that’s slightly warm, packed with passengers, and suddenly you get a whiff of "rotten egg" stench. Stop after stop, the crowd thins out, but that onerous odor remains. You search for the offender as subtly as you can, praying you can find a seat far away from the culprit. As your head swivels, you’re hit with that stench again. It’s so strong you could swear it was you. You nonchalantly dip your head down toward your underarm… Wait a minute: It is you! But you didn't even work out today! And you took a shower this morning! And you’re wearing deodorant!

What you eat can directly affect how you smell, and in more ways than just your breath.

Here are 21 foods that are making you smell bad.

Scientifically, this boils down to the way your body metabolizes the stinky sulfur compounds found in many foods like garlic, cumin, and asparagus. While smelling like garlic is nothing new (it is said to ward off both vampires and mosquitos), the stench of asparagus-tainted urine might not be quite as familiar. You may not have even realized that some of the foods on our list could have this effect on you.

If you have a hot date or an interview or you simply plan to be out in public, you may want to keep these foods off the day’s menu. And if you can't, here are a few tricks to help deodorize those nasty smells.

Alcohol

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Ever been hungover and thought you could smell booze seeping from your pores? Well, you absolutely could. Your body sends alcohol through your bloodstream before it leaves your system, which means the alcohol seeps out through your pores and sweat glands, creating a pungent and telling hangover odor.

Deodorize: The best way, of course, is to drink in moderation. But if you’ve already had one too many, the only way to get the smell out is to flush the alcohol from your system. Drinking tons of water can help to dilute the concentration of booze in your blood.

Asparagus

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The ripe smell of asparagus crops up in a seemingly harmless way, but tell that to the guy in the neighboring bathroom stall. Asparagus makes urine stink when the sulfur compound mercaptan breaks down in the digestive system, although the effect can vary from individual to individual. If you're one of those whose urine doesn't smell after eating asparagus, it’s because your body doesn’t possess the enzyme to break mercaptan down.

Deodorize: If you’re afraid offending in a public restroom, try finding a tasty asparagus alternative. Bell peppers can easily be roasted or grilled much like asparagus without the after effects.

Beets

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These red bulbs are high in methyl — so while they’re great for you and are rich in vital nutrients, they also pack a pungent punch. Foods high in methyl break down in your digestive system to create a chemical compound called trimethylamine or TMA. The compound is released onto your skin and creates a “fishy” smell that many people find repulsive.

Deodorize: Save beets and other high-methyl foods for when you’re spending the night in. The people sitting next to you at dinner will thank you.

Broccoli, Cabbage, Brussel Sprouts

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Little kids across America now have a reason to snub some of these loathsome vegetables. These sulfur-rich foods pack nutrients and antioxidants that may help rid the body of toxins and carcinogenic cells, but they’re also responsible for severe smells. This stench introduces itself in the socially-crippling form of flatulence. The sulfur in these foods is responsible for the rotten-egg smell that toots tend to leave behind.

Deodorize: Cruciferous vegetables are vital to our health. So, when you're in the comfort of your own home, eat those greens! You can also parboil to remove some of the stench before you finish cooking them. In the meantime, spices like coriander, turmeric, and caraway will not only leave you smelling fresh, they’ll also help control your emissions.

Chewing Gum

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You thought gum was supposed to solve odor problems, not make them worse. But next time you’re about to pop some sugar-free gum in your mouth, think twice. Chewing gum increases the amount of air you swallow along with your spit, causing a buildup of gas in your stomach. That gas comes out — you guessed it — the other end.

Deodorize: If you want to avoid embarrassing smells, skip the chewing gum and opt for some dissolving mints instead.

Coffee

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This beloved morning pick-me-up will hardly make a hot date want to pick you up. Caffeine stimulates your central nervous system, invariably causing your sweat glands to activate. Coffee is also highly acidic, which instantly dries out your mouth. When saliva is lacking, bacteria grows and feeds off the sulfur compounds that create bad breath.

Deodorize: Skip the coffee in the morning and go for some decaffeinated herbal tea. Not only is it a healthier choice, but it actively keeps your bad breath at bay.

Curry/Cumin

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The taste of tikka masala may not be worth the lingering stench that comes with it. The aromas of spices such as curry and cumin can make a home for themselves in your pores, and stew for days at a time.

Deodorize: Even a brief brush with cumin can cause a lasting odor. Instead, try cardamom, the aromatic seed of a plant from the ginger family, which permeates the body quickly and leaves a fresh aroma.

Dairy

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Body odor develops when lipids secreted in your sweat are digested by bacteria on your skin, which release odorous gasses as a byproduct — lipids that comes from digesting milk, yogurt, and other dairy products. The toxic waste feeds the bacteria that contribute to your unmistakable and humiliating B.O.

Deodorize: Opt for non-dairy alternatives, like almond or coconut milk, to avoid the side effects showing up in your sweat. Seriously, go plant based. A little tofu could save you a lot of embarrassment.

Durian Fruit

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If you’ve ever had a whiff of durian fruit, it’s no shock this exotic plant leaves a stench in its path. A delicacy in Southeast Asia, durian fruit is a fleshy (yes, as in fleshy like your skin) fruit encompassed in a hard, spiky shell. Its skin causes breath to smell surprisingly revolting. The fruit is rich in carbohydrates, protein, fat, and sulfurous compounds, all of which combine to cause the horrid stench. As Anthony Bourdain once described, "Your breath will smell as if you'd been French-kissing your dead grandmother."

Deodorize: Scientists are working on creating an odorless durian fruit (much to the dismay of durian fruit fans). But if you’d rather not smell like rotting flesh, then citrus is a great alternative. Whether you squirt it into water or simply bite into a juicy orange, your body can quickly process the citrus juices.

Fiber

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High-fiber foods’ power to keep you full and fuel your day should not go unnoticed. But indulge in any more than 5 grams of fiber (especially just before working out), and get ready to stink the place up. Not only will your sweat reek, but you're more likely to become bloated and gassy. High-fiber foods contain gases like hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and methane. When they’re digested in the large intestine these gases have to be released, creating fetid flatulence.

Deodorize: Drink a glass of water and you’ll easily balance out fiber-filled foods. Guzzle more water to reward yourself with fresh-looking — and smelling — skin while simultaneously avoiding offensive gases.

Fish

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Not sure why you have smelly pits? Fish could be the culprit. Many people don’t even know it, but they have a metabolic disorder called trimethylaminuria, which makes them incapable of breaking down certain proteins in fish. This stinky compound is then released in the breath, sweat, and urine. Without even knowing it, these people are injecting themselves with a pungent stink every time they eat seafood.

Deodorize: Next time you’re going out, skip the fish in your sushi! Order a California roll instead to keep your pits smelling fresh and clean.

Fenugreek

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Waking up to the smell of crackling bacon and sweet maple syrup is a comforting feeling. But working out at the gym to the smell exuding from your underarms... not so much. You may want to cut back on the fenugreek, an herb often found in Middle Eastern food. Fenugreek contains an aromatic compound called solotone, which is responsible for the sweet-smelling "perfume" your sweat emits.

Deodorize: Sure, syrup isn't the worst thing to smell like, but entire days of this strong scent lingering can grow rather nauseating. If you can't resist the taste of fenugreek, try dabbing your offensive areas with a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice to kill bacteria.

Garlic

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Garlic stink oozes from your skin because allicin, within another sulfur compound called allin, is released when garlic is cut or crushed. Allicin breaks down quickly after consumption and converts to other substances, which cause bacteria to mix with sweat, resulting in a strong odor. However, it is said that if you are at dinner and both you and your date consume garlic, you’ll be less likely to notice it. (It’s up to you to take that risk.)

Deodorize: If your underarms become some serious stinkers, apply white or cider vinegar to keep you odor-free throughout the day.

Junk Food

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We all know high-sugar foods can mess with your hormones and your metabolism, but did you know they can also make you stink? The chemical compounds in high-sugar foods have a high glycemic index, which messes with the chemical makeup of your blood. These new compounds mix with the bacteria on your skin and cause a foul odor.

Deodorize: For the sake of your health and your stench, avoid those candy bars and syrupy coffee drinks — unless you want your sweat to reek.

Lentils

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I know what you’re thinking: “Aren’t lentils super-healthy?” You bet they are. But unfortunately, some super-healthy foods are also super-smelly. These high-fiber foods increase the activity of gut bacteria, which is important for your digestive health. However, it can cause some serious gas and bloating.

Deodorize: Next time you’re going out for drinks, keep your pre-drinks dinner lentil-free. Some great alternatives to lentils that are easier to digest are whole grains, fruit, and potatoes.

Not Enough Vegetables

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Need another reason to order salad on a date? Green vegetables and other plant-based foods have been known to reduce the sulfur compounds in your system that make your breath stink. They also reduce your risk of gingivitis, or bacterial inflammation of the gums, keeping you kissable and fresh.

Deodorize: Add leafy greens, such as spinach and kale, to your diet. The fiber will not only help your bad breath, but it’ll also regulate your digestion and clear the air of embarrassing odors from gas.

Onions

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Onions have a daring flavor that we can't get enough of, but those around us may wish we would cut back. After onions are digested, their pungent oils absorb into the bloodstream, seep into your lungs, and come through your breath. The more onions you eat, the longer you subject yourself to their offensive odor. Until the onions leave your body, the stink won’t stop.

Deodorize: Instead of eating them raw, try sautéing them to let the offensive oils out. Squeeze any excess oil out with a paper towel, and enjoy a significantly weaker smell.

Red Meat

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In 2006, researchers from the Czech Republic collected perspiration samples from meat-eating and vegetarian men. They then asked a group of women to identify the foulest odor, based on numerous factors. Overwhelmingly, the vegetarians’ body odor was found to be much more appealing than the meat-eaters’.

Deodorize: A simple way to remove potential stench is to cut out red meat altogether. If a vegetarian life is not for you, try cutting out some meat and replacing it with seafood or veggie dinners.

Soy

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When you eat certain foods, gas is produced by bacteria acting on your intestinal mucus during the process of digestion. In some cases, soy milk can disrupt the usual processes of your intestine and give you way more gas than you asked for.

Deodorize: Avoid soy-based products and go for replacements made from nuts, seeds, and coconut instead. These all-natural alternatives will keep your gut clean and your gas at bay.

Spicy Foods

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Some spicy foods are odorless, while others pack a stench (I’m talking to you, curry). However, all spicy foods have one thing in common: They seriously spike your sweat.

Deodorize: Sweaty pits are one of the least attractive things to notice at dinner, so order a milder dish instead. You can typically ask for a dish to be prepared without the spicy ingredient or ask for the hot sauce on the side.

Whey Protein

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Protein farts are a real thing, and the people around you at the gym know it all too well. When you ingest too much protein all at once, your stomach has a hard time digesting. When you use whey, you’ll likely just get stressed out and gassy, emitting a stench that blends the smell of your farts with a hint of artificial powder.

Deodorize: Unless you want to clear the room, opt for a less protein-dense snack for your post-workout refuel. Americans eat much more protein than they actually need; almonds, yogurt, and eggs all have the more moderate amount of protein you really need.


21 Junk Food Recipes We Love

We're not pointing any fingers, but it's quite possible you may or may not be looking for some serious junk food today. But whether you're observing a special occasion or just in the mood for some guilty pleasure foods, making them at home opens up a whole new world of options. Fry up some tater tots or potato chips with unique toppings and flavors for crispy carbs at their best. Homemade nachos, popcorn and hot dogs drum up memories of the ballpark and state fair but taste way, way better. Or go sweet with a sundae, milkshake, or homemade candy bar to end your indulgent feast on a, erm, high note.

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Diet Soda

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Sugary sodas are fairly well-known as bad news. It's no secret that these are on the warning list of beverages that aren't great for your heart. Because of this, some may rightfully assume that diet soda is a safer option.

Unfortunately, that is not the case, as regular intake of sugary sodas—yes, including diet—has been proven to increase the risk of heart diseases and diabetes. The Publication of Medicine concluded in a similar study that regular consumption of artificially-sweetened drinks can lead to an increased risk in heart disease as well as increased blood pressure. It's no wonder it's on our list of the worst foods for high blood pressure.


2. Vegan Baked Goods

Just because a baked good is vegan doesn't mean it's healthy. Popular vegan diet books, restaurants and bakeries endorse vegan cookies, cakes and breads as healthy super foods that can be enjoyed as a part of a balanced diet. Vegan products can pack just as many calories, sugar, and fat as traditional baked goods. The problem with vegan baked goods is that consumers see natural ingredients such as evaporated cane juice, agave nectar, vegan chocolate chips, and coconut oil, and make the assumption that these ingredients are healthier than traditional sugar, dairy and flour. Scary fact: commercially-available vegan chocolate frosted cupcakes contain 350 calories, 18 grams of sugar and 22 grams of fat per 2 oz. serving!

Just because a baked good is vegan doesn't mean it's healthy. Popular vegan diet books, restaurants and bakeries endorse vegan cookies, cakes and breads as healthy super foods that can be enjoyed as a part of a balanced diet. Vegan products can pack just as many calories, sugar, and fat as traditional baked goods. The problem with vegan baked goods is that consumers see natural ingredients such as evaporated cane juice, agave nectar, vegan chocolate chips, and coconut oil, and make the assumption that these ingredients are healthier than traditional sugar, dairy and flour. Scary fact: commercially-available vegan chocolate frosted cupcakes contain 350 calories, 18 grams of sugar and 22 grams of fat per 2 oz. serving!


Peppers

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The hotter they are, the better. Hot peppers increase your metabolism and stimulate endorphins, making you sweat, plumping your lips, and speeding up your heart rate. That gets the blood flowing to all the essential areas. The net result? Better sex drive and a more memorable finale. (If you're planning on handling habañeros, however, make sure that you wash your hands before getting near sensitive body parts.)


Mucus and COPD

An article published in the International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease explains that the increase in mucus secretions commonly found with COPD patients negatively impacts both lung function and quality of life.

It also can increase your number of COPD-related exacerbations and hospitalizations.

It even can have more detrimental effects as the article goes on to say that several studies have found that people with “chronic mucus hypersecretion” have a higher risk of death. This is true in regard to respiratory-related death, death due to pulmonary infection, and some even found a higher mortality rate in general.

Though a person without COPD is generally able to get rid of excess mucus, those with this disease often have a more difficult time because of poor function of the cilia in the respiratory tract and from having an “ineffective cough” due to weak respiratory muscles and obstructed airways.

One way to help combat these effects is to stay away from foods that can potentially increase mucus production even more.


What to Eat When Cancer Treatment Makes Everything Taste and Smell Like Crap

If you're dealing with cancer, eating is probably the last thing on your mind, between doctor's appointments, your treatment schedule, getting enough rest, and focusing your energy on getting better. Not to mention that "normal" life doesn't stop because of cancer—there's still work and family and errands and everything in between. But getting proper nutrition during cancer treatment is important for maintaining your energy and strength, and preventing weight loss that can lead to delays in medical treatment. So instead of thinking of food as a chore, try thinking of it as a vital part of your treatment plan.

As you well know if you're going through treatment, chemotherapy and radiation often cause side effects that make it difficult to eat, like low appetite, nausea, taste changes, or difficulty chewing and swallowing. A key step is being prepared to combat these potential symptoms, and you can do that by arming yourself with evidence-based nutrition info, a strong support system, a well-rounded health care team, and some tips and tricks for making food easier to get (and stay) down.

“Based on data and personal experience, patients unable to stay nourished tend to do worse and are less likely to tolerate the full therapy,” says Fasyal Haroun, M.D., assistant professor in hematology and oncology at George Washington University. But there's also not one right way to get that nourishment during cancer treatment, so "an assessment by a dietitian is a good start," Dr. Haroun says.

As a registered dietitian, I often work with patients admitted to the hospital who have trouble maintaining sufficient energy and protein intake. They want to maintain a good intake, but they're dealing with low appetite, nausea, or trouble with chewing and swallowing due to dry mouth or mouth sores. During their stay, I help make sure their trays are full of foods they can easily eat despite their symptoms, or I add snacks between meals. (Of course, my recommendations will vary for each patient.)

I wanted to put together a guide to make eating more enjoyable—or at least less nausea-inducing—while you’re working hard on getting better, so I pulled together some of my own tips and also spoke with Danielle Penick, R.D., a long-time oncology dietitian and blogger at Survivor’s Table, a website for evidence-based nutrition advice for cancer.

One common side effect of cancer treatment is changes in taste and smell. If you usually love the smell of a BLT, you might find that it makes you gag during treatment.

One way to deal with this is by changing up flavors and avoiding foods with strong smells. Chemo and radiation can sometimes cause metallic or bitter tastes, and tart or citrus flavors can work to cover these tastes. Try adding lemon to protein dishes like chicken and fish, or marinating proteins in vinegar-based dressings. Adding fresh, pungent herbs (that don’t smell bad to you) can help make foods more palatable. (Check out one of my favorite recipes for dill-marinated blue fish featuring a lemon marinade). It might sound counterintuitive, but try foods you don’t typically care for—you might find them newly tolerable.

As certain medications are infused, they can cause you to experience a “metallic” or bitter taste in your mouth, which certainly does not help with appetite. One common solution to help deal with this side effect is to switch out metal knives and forks for plastic. You can also try to cover up metallic tastes by sucking on mints or chewing gum.

Hot food is more aromatic (think about the time someone reheated fish in the office microwave, ew) and can make smell aversions worse. So if this is happening to you, put drinks on ice, make frozen smoothies, or just stick your plate in the fridge or freezer to cool it down before you eat it. The chill can also help numb your taste buds which helps if you’re experiencing taste changes.

Since chemotherapy and radiation target rapidly dividing cells to fight cancer, it can wind up affecting normal cells that also divide rapidly, like the ones lining your mouth. This can lead to painful cuts or mouth sores that make it difficult to eat. If a sore mouth is your problem, avoid foods like citrus and tomato as well as crunchy, potentially painful foods like tortilla chips or crackers.

For mouth sores, Penick recommends ice and frozen treats. “I would encourage people to suck on ice or frozen fruit, because that can be really helpful to sooth the mouth,” Penick tells SELF. She also says that eating a frozen food first may numb up your mouth so you can tolerate a few bites of an energy dense food, like a protein bar. Frozen bananas are great, since they are sweet and starchy, as well as a bit higher in calories than other, less dense fruits.

A dry, cottony mouth is another common symptom of both chemotherapy and radiation. For this symptom, it’s good to work with liquidy foods and mix up textures. Penick recommends custards, bananas, applesauce, cottage cheese, and oatmeal—wetter foods that are easy to get down.

To meet energy needs, “smoothies tend to be really well tolerated, too. I like those because you can add a lot of [protein-rich] foods like peanut butter, yogurt, or milk,” she says. Peanut butter and yogurt are also energy-dense options which make them optimal if you’re having trouble getting enough calories. Again, bananas are beneficial since they are high in potassium which can help with electrolyte disturbances (which can happen as a result of chemotherapy). Avocados, ever popular on toast, are a good addition, too. “They make a smoothie creamier, add calories, and taste mild,” Penick says. One of her preferred combinations is to blend ½ cup milk, an avocado, a banana, and ½ cup pineapple chunks with about five ice cubes.

One way to combat a lost appetite is to work it back up. “I actually encourage a lot of walking,” if you’re feeling up to it, “because walking can help increase appetite,” Penick says. It can also help prevent constipation, which can be a side effect of chemotherapy or certain pain medications. As with any intervention, make sure you ask your doctor if exercise is appropriate for you. If your appetite remains low over the long term, your doctor may prescribe medication to stimulate your appetite.

Some people describe a sense of early satiety, or “feeling full” after just a few bites of food. Others simply feel nauseous. If you’re dealing with a low appetite, Penick points out that it might be easier to eat small amounts frequently, rather than full meals. “Sometimes larger meals can be overwhelming.”

The solution: ABS (Always Be Snacking). Keep high-calorie snacks like protein bars or packets of nut butter in a backpack or purse so you always have one handy. If just being around food seems overwhelming, keep small bottles of nutritional supplement drinks around and sip them when you can. And remember, put it on ice if you just can’t with the flavor.

Cancer treatments are exhausting, and it’s not reasonable to expect that you’ll feel like cooking for yourself. So Penick recommends anything that’s grab-and-go, like meals from a family member that you can save, freeze, and reheat when needed. In addition to pre-prepared meals (think casseroles, soups, or even starchy foods like pancakes and waffles that freeze well), she recommends “things that are prepackaged that you can easily open, and nutrition supplements,” like the nutritional drinks Ensure, Boost, or Orgain.

For supportive friends and family, be clear about what foods you are tolerating well at the moment, and keep lines of communication open. Definitely accept help, but realize that now is a time when friends might start making “helpful” recommendations that are anything but. If someone in your circle tries to nudge you towards trying a “diet that’s great for cancer,” know that you can just politely ignore that. You don’t need the added stress, and if your friend/yoga teacher/lifestyle guru is not also an oncologist, their advice is likely not evidence-based.

If you or a loved one will be starting chemo or radiation soon, it’s not too early to stock up on good online resources with helpful food prep and nutrition suggestions. The American Cancer Society has clear, helpful instructions for troubleshooting eating-related side effects of cancer treatment so does the Eating Hints guide from the National Cancer Institute. Penick also recommends Cook for Your Life, a website dedicated to recipes for people with cancer. They’re indexed by cancer-specific priority such as “easy to swallow,” “high calorie,” or “nausea” to help you find foods that can fit your needs.

Reputable sources like Cleveland Clinic's Chemocare, the American Cancer Society, and the National Cancer Institute can help you find answers to common questions about nutrition and cancer. However, be wary of advice provided on online forums or social media, especially if it conflicts with your physician or dietitian’s advice. While seeking support is good, Penick warns that “most online forums where anyone can post are filled with an abundance of misinformation,” and while participants may mean well, they can make unsubstantiated claims that promote anxiety around eating. An oncology dietitian can work to fine-tune your eating plan if you have additional dietary needs (like those that come with diabetes or celiac disease), which brings me to the next tip.

If there’s one thing Penick always wants her patients to know, it’s this: “What works for one person may not work for another person.” Because energy and nutrient needs can vary before and during your treatment, a dietitian can follow your progress, calculate your nutrition needs, and help you troubleshoot any food-based challenges that may arise.

So much of cancer treatment can feel like it’s being done to you: chemo, surgery, radiation, etc. Nutrition can be an empowering part of your care, since you have control over your food choices. A dietitian can help by bringing subject-matter expertise to visits designed to meet your needs and preferences. They can provide meal plans, give you ideas for food replacements that fit your changing tastes, and they have a strong background knowledge of potentially helpful medical foods and supplements. As licensed clinicians, dietitians focus on evidence-based practice and will guide you to practical advice (and away from unproven or potentially harmful diet plans and practices).

While many oncologists and medical practices have dietitians on staff, not all do. If your doctor doesn’t offer nutrition support within his or her office, ask for a referral to a dietitian who specializes in oncology. To determine whether an outpatient or even home-based visit with a dietitian is covered by your healthcare, call your insurance provider.

Often when I see cancer patients concerned with nutrition, they want to know exactly how much protein to get, or what foods are good sources of antioxidants, or whether they should invest in “superfoods” or other (sometimes gimmicky) supplements. While trying to get enough protein is a noble intention, our primary goal is for you to get enough to eat. Unless you have another illness that requires a specific diet, now is probably not the time to “optimize” aspects of your diet (by going all organic, for example).

These restrictions are going to make it harder for you to meet your energy needs and are unlikely to have a major effect on your outcome. And, they might cause additional weight loss, something we try to avoid as much as possible while a patient is in treatment. Definitely focus on eating mostly healthy foods, but if all you can tolerate is chocolate pudding? Add chocolate pudding to the menu! While food can seem like a minor player in the battle against cancer, it's crucial for maintaining energy and can help you tolerate and complete treatments.

Katherine Pett is a registered dietitian with an MS in Nutrition Biochemistry and Epidemiology. She runs the website Nutrition Wonk, where the goal is to provide high-quality nutrition science news, opinions, and interactive content.

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Sexually Transmitted Infections

Some STIs can lead to a smelly discharge in males and females. You may notice the smell as the fluid mixes with your pee. You may not have other symptoms. Or your genitals may itch, and it might burn when you pee. Bacterial infections like chlamydia can be cured with antibiotics. You’ll need another kind of medicine for viral infections.


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The first on our list is perhaps the most obvious culprit, but despite numerous studies backing up the negative effects both diet and regular soda have on your body, our pros say it's shocking how much of it people drink. "This is not a benign food!" says Carissa Bealert, RD and co-owner of Evolution Fitness Orlando. "Artificial sweeteners and aspartame in diet soda in particular can mess with our body's regulatory system. Plus, soda doesn't nourish you. It doesn't give your body anything at all." In addition to excess calories, studies have linked soda to tooth decay, headaches, increased risk of type 2 diabetes, and decreased bone health. And despite its name, diet soda is no better: researchers at the University of Texas found that in the course of a decade, diet soda drinkers had a 70% greater waist circumference than non-drinkers. To quit a soda habit, Bealert suggests overloading your glass with ice. The soda will be diluted, and you can steadily wean yourself off. If you still need a little extra something, Bealert suggests zero-calorie sparkling water with natural flavors.


Food sanitation

Food sanitation
Food sanitation
It included all practices involved in protecting food from risk of contamination, harmful bacteria, poisons and foreign bodies, preventing any bacteria from multiplying to an extent which would result in an illness of consumers and destroying any harmful bacteria in the food by thorough cooking or processing.

The primary tenet of food-service sanitation is absolute cleanliness
It begins with personal hygiene, the safe handling of foods during preparation, and clean utensils, equipment, appliances, storage facilities, kitchen and dining room.
Definition of terms

Food – Any substance whether simple, mixed or compounded that is used as food, drink, confectionery or condiments.
Safety – is overall quality of food fit for consumption.

Sanitation – is a health of being clean and conducive to health.
Cleanliness – is the absence of visible soil or dirt and is not necessarily sanitized.

Microbiology - the branch of biology that deals with microorganisms and their effect on other microorganisms.
Microorganisms - organism of microscopic or submicroscopic

Food Infection - microbial infection resulting from ingestion of contaminated foods.
Food Intoxication - type of illness caused by toxins. Under favorable condition certain bacteria produce chemical compounds called toxins

Food Spoilage - means the original nutritional value, texture, flavor of the food are damaged, the food become harmful to people and unsuitable to eat.
Foodborne Illness – A disease carried or transmitted to people by food.

Food Safety : A Top Priority
Food safety is the responsibility in every person who is involve in food service. Serving safe food is the top priority for every food service employee.
Dangers of food borne illness

Individual – Food borne illness are the greatest danger to food safety. It could result to illness or diseases to an individual that would affect their overall health, work and personal lives.

Loss of family income
 Increased insurance
 Medical expenses
 Cost of special dietary needs
 Loss of productivity, leisure and travel opportunities
 Death or funeral expense

Establishment – Food borne illness outbreak can cost an establishment thousands of pesos, it can even be the reason an establishment is forced to closed.

 Loss of customers and sales
 Loss of prestige and reputation
 Lawsuits
 Increase insurance premiums
 Lowered employee morale
 Employee absenteeism
 Increase employee turn over
 Embarrassment

Types of Food Contaminants

Biological Contaminants
Physical Contaminants
Chemical Contaminant

Biological Contaminant – A microbial contaminant that may cause a food borne illness (bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, biological toxins)
Examples:
Sea food toxins
Mushroom toxins
Clostridium Botulinum
Salmonella bacteria
Preventing Bio