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Mechanical Soft Diet
What Is a Soft Diet?
Why Should I Follow a Soft Diet?
Soft Diet Basics
- Tough meats
- Raw fruits and vegetables
- Chewy or crispy breads
- Nuts and seeds
Eating Guide for a Soft Diet
|Food Group||Foods Recommended||Foods to Avoid|
|Meats and Beans||
|Fats and Sweets||
- Use a blender to puree foods, such as soup or fruit, to a tolerable consistency.
- Remember to chew foods well before swallowing.
To preserve nutrients when cooking foods:
- Steam or microwave vegetables.
- When boiling potatoes, peel after cooking.
- Work with a dietitian to create a meal plan based on your needs.
American Dietetic Association http://www.eatright.org/
Food and Drug Administration http://www.fda.gov/
Canada's Food Guide http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/
Dietitians of Canada http://www.dietitians.ca/
Lutz CA, Pryztulski KR. Nutrient delivery. In: Nutrition and Diet Therapy: Evidence-based Applications. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: FA Davis Company; 2006.
Nutrition care manual. American Dietetic Association website. Available at: http://nutritioncaremanual.org/auth.cfm?p=%2Findex.cfm%3F . Accessed January 3, 2009.
Soft diet. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center website. Available at: http://www.dhmc.org/webpage.cfm?site%5Fid=2&org%5Fid=544&morg%5Fid=0&sec%5Fid=0&gsec%5Fid=28524&item%5Fid=28527 . Accessed May 6, 2007.
- Reviewer: Dianne Scheinberg Rishikof MS, RD, LDN
- Review Date: 09/2013
- Update Date: 09/30/2013