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Whole Grains Important To Combating Multiple Myeloma

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Giant Eagle Market District Demo Chef P. J. Behrendt to show group members how to make nutritional dishes specifically for cancer patients. Giant Eagle Market District Demo Chef P. J. Behrendt to show group members how to make nutritional dishes specifically for cancer patients.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -

New research shows the addition of whole grains to a cancer patient's diet is important during the treatment process.

Cancer Support Community Central Ohio is a Multiple Myeloma support group founded by Nick Menedis four years ago for patients to get together to provide hope and encouragement, and discuss the most recent drugs and natural remedies to treat the disease.

At the most recent meeting for Cancer Support Community Central Ohio, the group hosted Giant Eagle Market District Demo Chef P. J. Behrendt to show group members how to make nutritional dishes specifically for cancer patients.

The presentation focused on whole grains and how the grains are a key element for multiple myeloma patients whose immune systems have been depleted by the disease's attach on bone marrow.

Behrendt began the demo with wheatberry, which is one of the oldest whole grains in the world.

The wheatberry comes from a soft, red, winter wheat. Ohio is the largest producer of wheatberry in the world.

Behrendt shared with the support group that whole grains are packed with nutrition and fiber and chemicals; antioxidants, which are all important in the prevention and treatment of cancer.

The importance of whole grains in a cancer patient's diet has led to a partnership between the Cancer Support Community and the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program.

The two organizations hope to spread the message that whole grains are critical to the nutrition of all cancer patients.

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