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Helpful Dietary Information for Families & Patients — MECHANICAL SOFT DIET

What is it and why a PHYSICIAN orders this type of food for you or your loved one.

It’s important for both families and patients to understand what a mechanical soft foods diet is because when it is served, it will look much different than a normal diet. This type of diet means that foods are usually altered mechanically in a blender or other manner so they’re easy to chew and swallow. It’s a useful diet for people with specific medical conditions that challenge their ability to chew and swallow food normally. At The Waters of White Hall Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, physicians often order this type of diet for patients. When food is prepared and served in this way, it can confuse patients, families, and even visitors as to why someone’s food looks like this while others in the dining room may be eating something entirely different.

Here are a few examples why physicians order this type of diet for our residents:

  • Dental problems — oral surgery, new dentures, missing teeth
  • Neurological conditions such as a stroke that could impact the ability to chew and swallow safely
  • Radiation treatments
  • Other medical conditions

Mechanical soft foods you can eat:

Actually, a mechanical soft diet is not as restrictive as the description may sound. Providing the foods are cooked, shredded, blended, chopped, or ground appropriately, they’ll be safe to consume.

Here are some examples of food choices while on a mechanical soft diet:

  • All dairy products except non-shredded hard cheeses
  • Ground meats
  • Flaky fish
  • Eggs
  • Tofu
  • Nut butters
  • Soft cooked vegetables – no seeds or skins
  • Soups with finely chopped vegetables
  • Anything pureed
  • Oatmeal
  • Gravies and sauces
  • Soft bread

For more information about mechanical soft food diets, you might want to refer to this helpful website: Health Facts For You – Mechanical Soft Diet

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