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