Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has launched a free, easy-to-use iPhone® app that provides recipes and nutrition information that can be searched by cancer patients in accordance with their needs. The recipes are also helpful to anyone who wants to have a healthy diet.
"We developed Ask the Nutritionist: Recipes for Fighting Cancer to encourage and empower cancer patients, and others, to explore and enjoy healthy eating habits," says Steven R. Singer, senior vice president for Communications at Dana-Farber. "Studies have long shown that good nutrition is tied to good health, and, for those with cancer, treatment side effects can make eating well a real challenge."
Ask The Nutritionist: Recipes for Fighting Cancer contains over a hundred easy-to-prepare recipes ranging from nutritious snacks to good-for-you main dishes to delicious desserts. Users can access a list of ingredients, directions on how to prepare the dish, a shopping list to use at the grocery store, nutrition tips, and nutritional analysis information in a standard USDA label format. New recipes are added each month.
"Nutrition information is one of the most popular sections of the Dana-Farber web site, and we wanted to share the expertise of our terrific nutritionists with a wider, mobile audience," Singer said. The app curates many of the frequent questions and responses to Dana-Farber's nutrition staff, and allows users to ask a direct question.
The app, developed with Dana-Farber's staff of registered and board-certified dieticians, is designed to help find the optimal diet for any type of cancer. It also offers users the ability to search by common symptoms (such as nausea or mouth sores), helping to customize dietary needs while going through treatment. There also are recipes and healthy eating tips for cancer survivors.