Tuesday, March 24, 2020


Sickle Cell patients have greater requirements for both calories and micro-nutrients and because during a crisis is when energy intake can be especially poor, nutritional considerations are extremely vital.

                                     Related: SCD & The Importance Of Good Nutrition

A balanced diet emphasizing fruits, veggies, whole grains and legumes combined with the appropriate supplements like folic acid, Vitamins C and E can prevent deficiency in patients. Although there is no specialized diet for individuals with sickle cell disease, nutritionists/registered dieticians recommend healthy food options that promote good health. So a diet that is low in saturated and trans fat, sodium, sugar and dietary cholesterol is always the best option

Examples of a sample meal in a day is seen below:

  • Breakfast - whole wheat toast with peanut butter, banana and water/milk

  • Lunch - chicken/tuna fish sandwich on whole wheat bread, an apple and water/milk

  • Dinner - mashed potatoes with grilled chicken breast and a salad with olive oil dressing
Based on your individual energy and nutrient needs, your nutritionist or registered dietician can work with you to make meal plans that accommodate those needs. For reference on what types of foods you can eat, see below link;

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