Cooking project for cancer patients
Flavoursome food during chemotherapy
Patients undergoing chemotherapy often have to cope with loss of, changes in, or reduction in their sense of taste and often lose their appetite, whereas good food is essential.
The Rivierenland Hospital in Tiel is organising workshops for cancer patients. Here, they get advice from a culinary specialist on how to give flavour to their food once again. There is an opportunity to taste food during the workshop. The meetings are arranged once or twice a month, in collaboration with chef Eric Jan Wissink and students from the RSG Linge College in Tiel. It’s free to take part, and each workshop can host around 5 people.
Patients undergoing chemotherapy often have to cope with loss of, changes in, or reduction in their sense of taste and often lose their appetite, whereas good food is essential. At the Dijklander Hospitals (Hoorn and Purmerend), diet chef Cees Neefjes gets the patient to take a taste test. In doing so, he is looking at the total taste profile: taste (the five basic tastes: sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami), stimulation and olfactory (fragrance). By investigating which of the three aspects are diminished in the patient, he can adjust the taste.
Following the test, patients can get tailor-made advice which fully or partially restores their sense of taste. The sooner their sense of taste is restored, the sooner the patient eats better. Patients can get advice individually, but can also have a workshop at home or an interactive meal in the hospital's restaurant.