Food plays a large part in our lives, giving daily pleasure, helping us celebrate special events, share time with our family and friends and so on. But what about our health? Rarely a day passes without a new diet or a food-related health message or scare hitting the press. An internet search on diet and MS will yield a huge amount of information, much of it conflicting. So how do you separate the grain from the chaf, and decide what is relevant for you?

Tip: Plan menus and shopping lists so you will have appropriate ingredients and meal ideas at your fingertips. Get family and friends on your side. Explain that by offering encouragement, they are doing something positive to help control your M.S. (information supplied by the Multiple Sclerosis Research Centre).

Quick Reference to Good and Bad Foods

Foods to eat


  • Polyunsaturated fats and oils
  • Oily fish and white fish
  • Lean red meat, poultry, game and offal
  • Quorn, Soya and Tofu
  • Pulses – peas, beans, lentils, baked beans etc
  • Salad, fruit and veg (fresh or frozen)
  • Dairy and Low Fat Dairy
  • Skimmed/semi-skimmed milk
  • Eggs (up to 3/4 per week)
  • Wholemeal and Wholegrain foods
  • Bread sticks, crispbreads, tea cakes, crumpets
  • Plain biscuits and muesli bars (in moderation)
  • Nuts – hazelnuts, chestnuts, almonds, walnuts
  • Seeds – Sunflower, pumpkin, sesame seeds
  • Sugars in moderation
  • Decaffeinated drinks, herbal teas, soft drinks, water
  • Alcohol in moderation

Foods to avoid


  • Fried foods
  • Saturated fats and oils
  • Blended or hydrogenated fats and oils
  • Fried fish
  • Fish tinned in unspecified oil
  • Fatty meat, poultry skin
  • Processed meat
  • Stir fry vegetables with saturated oils
  • Chips cooked in saturated oils
  • ‘Gold Top’ milk
  • Full cream (‘Silver Top’)
  • Greek Yoghurt, thick and creamy yoghurt
  • Whole milk products
  • Excess hard cheese, including vegetarian
  • Grains – Muesli with coconut
  • Cakes and biscuits, slimming biscuits or bars
  • Nuts – Brazils, coconut, cashews, peanuts, peanut butter
  • Excess teas, cocoa and coffee

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