Try this when food tastes metallic

It is common for people undergoing chemotherapy for head and neck cancer to experience a metallic taste in their saliva. Here are some tips to help between and with your meals.

  • Use plastic utensils.


  • Use glass or enamel coated cooking ware.


  • Avoid cooking in a cast iron pan.


  • Avoid eating and drinking from cans.


  • Rinse your mouth often.


  • Chew fruit-flavoured sugar-free gum between meals.


  • Marinate red meat and poultry, using:
    -Soy sauce
    -Yogurt marinade: Mix ½ cup plain Greek yogurt (2% M.F.), 1 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, ½ tbsp minced garlic, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp dried oregano, and ¼ tsp ground cloves.


  • Brine meat: Dissolve ½ cup salt in 8 cups (2 litres) water. Optional: add minced garlic, honey and/or brown sugar. Leave meat in the brine for roughly 1 hour per pound of meat.


  • Top meat with mango chutney, apple sauce, cranberry sauce, or red pepper jelly.