Nutrition Tips

5 Flavor Fixes for Pancreatic Cancer

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Note: These tips are for informational purposes only. They are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Talk to your healthcare team for nutritional advice or to ask specific questions you have about managing your condition or that of a loved one.

Often, people with pancreatic cancer can experience altered senses of taste or smell, which can affect appetite and ultimately a healthy diet.

See the chart below for common taste issues and suggested solutions.

Red meats taste strangeSubstitute other proteins such as chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, dairy, beans, or tofu
Lack of taste, “cardboard”Season foods with tart flavors, such as lemon, citrus, vinegar, or pickled foods
Metallic tasteAvoid using metal utensils; use plastic utensils instead. Add extra flavor to foods with spices such as onion, garlic, chili powder, basil, oregano, rosemary, tarragon, barbecue sauce, mustard, ketchup, or mint
Salty, bitter, or sour tasteTry adding sweetening agents such as sugar, maple syrup, or honey to help enhance the taste
Sweet tasteAdd 6 drops of lemon or lime juice, or until sweet taste is muted

These nutritional tips were developed by registered dietitians who are board-certified specialists in oncology nutrition affiliated with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and Savor Health.