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Healthy food choices for people living with MS
Healthy Foods for People Living With MS

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When you have multiple sclerosis (MS), diet can be very important. The things you eat may be powerful allies in your fight against MS. A healthy diet may help you feel better and can promote overall well-being. Work with your healthcare provider or registered dietitian to come up with a diet plan just for you.

You'll save time and effort by equipping your kitchen with tools such as a food processor and blender, as well as handy gadgets that can cut down on preparation time. Of course, the most important ingredients of a healthy kitchen are the foods you buy. For nutritious, easy-to-prepare meals, consider the following:

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

In-season fruits and vegetables

When you can, pick up fresh produce. When things are in season, they’re fresher and often less expensive.

Precut Fruits and Veggies, and Bagged Salads

Precut vegetables and fruits, and bagged salads

Save time and energy by skipping cutting and chopping.

Canned Foods

Canned foods

Having nutritious foods on hand is a little easier when they’re canned. Consider beans, tomatoes, tuna, fruit, and corn.

Frozen Vegetables

Frozen vegetables

Frozen veggies also make it easy to have healthy foods on hand.

Natural Peanut Butter

Natural peanut butter

This keeps for a long time and is a great source of protein.

Rice

Rice

Easy to make and a good addition to many meals. Consider brown rice as well, which has more fiber.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D

Some healthcare providers have said vitamin D is an important component of a healthy diet for people living with MS. The top sources are fish (including swordfish, salmon, and canned tuna), fortified milk or yogurt (dairy products with vitamins and nutrients added), and cod liver oil.

Rice Cakes

Whole-grain crackers or rice cakes

A convenient and healthy snack.

These are just a few of the ideas that can help you keep nutritious food on hand. For more ideas on building and improving your diet, visit Choose My Plate. Be sure to speak with your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian about your personal nutritional needs.

Want some tips that could help with your symptoms? Read this article to get started.

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