Shellfish, such as prawns and crabs, have long been believed to be “toxic” to those who eat it, especially those in need of physical recovery from an illness or medical treatment.
It is believed that eating them would slow down wound healing.
But they are just sources of protein, said Ms Gina Lin, a dietitian at Singapore General Hospital.
Unfortunately, besides having a bad reputation for being “bottom feeders”, shellfish are commonly responsible for triggering certain allergies.
Chemotherapy or surgery puts the body under tremendous stress and weakens the immune system.
The body thus requires more protein for recovery. Options include fish, lean meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products, prawns, crabs, beans and legumes.
Ensure that these foods are well-cooked so as not to further compromise the patients’ already weakened immune systems.
Text by Mind & Body, Straits Times. Image: Thinkstock