Dysphagia Pureed Diet
by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com
Your Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and medical team have recommended a Dysphagia Pureed Diet for you based on your swallow studies. (See also the “Pureed” texture and the “Liquidised” Pureed texture per the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative or IDDSI).
You may be having difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) with regular foods and even with soft or minced solid textures. A smooth, moist and blended texture has been determined to be the safest diet in order to prevent choking and/or food getting stuck in your mouth, throat, and/or esophagus.
This diet is restrictive and likely significantly impacts your quality of life. At this time, though, a dysphagia pureed diet texture has been found to be the easiest and safest for you to swallow. Your dysphagia may be significant at this time. Ask your therapist for a prognosis on how long you may need to stay with this diet.
The dysphagia pureed diet is food blended smooth. Foods should be “pudding-like.” Make sure the pureed foods do not get dry, sticky or clumpy, especially as the food gets cold. I have seen mashed potatoes do this! The food should feel like a similar texture in your mouth (homogenous) and without lumps. It should not stick to the roof of your mouth. A puree item should feel like a smooth cohesive ball of food (bolus), requiring very little manipulation or chewing. This may be especially helpful if chewing causes significant fatigue.
Here is a chart full of ideas on safe foods in order to create a pureed diet at home:
Click here: Dysphagia Puree Diet – patient handout.
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