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    Nutritional pointers for a diet rich in essential fatty acids Important Note

    This information is intended as a quick reference guide and the limited information it gives is based on past research and the more comprehensive information on the Diet and MSpage.

    Readers are advised that if normal diet is to be changed, it would be helpful to consult a professional dietician to advise on the finer points of a diet for MS. Equally important, the dietician can arrange to monitor, as appropriate, changes in condition.

    Some General Rules

    • Use polyunsaturated margarine and oils.
    • Eat at least 3 helpings of fish each week.
    • Eat 100g liver each week.
    • Eat a large helping of dark green vegetables daily.
    • Eat some raw vegetables daily, as a salad, with french dressing.
    • Eat some linseeds or "Linusit Gold" daily.
    • Eat some fresh fruit daily.
    • Try to eat as much fresh food as possible in preference to processed food.
    • Choose lean cuts of meat and trim all fat away from meat before cooking.
    • Try to avoid hard animal fats like butter, lard, suet, dripping and fatty foods such as cream, hard cheese etc.
    • Try to eat wholegrain cereals and wholemeal bread rather than refined cereals.
    • Try to cut down on sugar and foods containing sugar.

    Easy Reference Summary

    Eat plenty of ...

    • Protein foods - Lean Meat, Poultry, Rabbit, Offal, Game, Fish, Nuts and Pulses
    • Fats & oil - Sunflower Seed Oil, Safflower, Seed Oil, Corn Oil, Olive Oil, Soya Bean Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Cotton Seed Oil, Linseeds Or “Linusit Gold”, Margarines Labelled “High in Polyunsaturates”
    • Dairy produce - Skimmed Milk, Low-Fat Yoghurt, Cottage or Curd Cheeses
    • Fruit & vegetables - Fresh Fruit, Fresh Vegetables, especially Dark Green Vegetables and Salads
    • Cereals - Wholemeal Bread and Wholegrain Cereals and Flours
    Try to avoid ...
    • Protein foods - Fatty Meat, Processed Meat Products, Coconut, Peanuts
    • Fats & oil - Butter, Lard, Suet, Dripping, Solid Vegetable Oils, Blends of Vegetable Oils, Hard Margarine
    • Dairy produce - Full Cream Milk, Skimmed Milks with added Vegetable Fats, Cream, Hard Cheeses, Processed Cheeses, Ice-Cream
    • Cereals - Refined Cereal Products, Sugar and Sugary Foods


    Please refer to our supplements page for recommendations of supplement intake.

    Further Information 

  • Food intolerance
  • Slimming tips
  • Vegetarianism
  • Eating suggestions
  • Diet and MS
  • Research Into Diet
  • The Best Bet Diet
  • Diet techniques that have worked for you
  • Giving up milk
  • Low Fat Goes Luscious - Lauren's story

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