Ask the Nutritionist
Q: My mother has pancreatic cancer. She says that everything, even water, tastes bitter. She is losing weight. Do you have any suggestions?
Jane, Boston, Massachusetts
A: People going through treatment may face challenges that can impede their ability to eat well and keep their weight up. It can be a frustrating experience for everyone involved.
Taste changes can be different for every patient. These tips may especially be helpful to your mother:
To hide strange or metallic tastes:
- Rinse your mouth with tea, ginger ale, salted water, or water with baking soda before eating to help clear your taste buds.
- Chew on lemon drops, mints, or gum to help get rid of bad or off-tastes that linger after eating.
- Cold dishes that contain meat may taste more appealing than hot meals with this ingredient.