A Dysphagia Diet is used for people who have difficulty swallowing. Foods on this diet are easier to chew and move around in your mouth. This will reduce the risk of food and liquids going the wrong way. Foods that are on mechanical soft diets are all made of moist and soft textures. Eating foods not allowed on this diet will increase your chance of swallowing problems and can result in food going into your airway (windpipe) instead of your esophagus (food tube). Food or liquid that goes into your airway instead of your stomach puts you at risk for not getting enough nutrition and getting sick (pneumonia).
Foods to avoid: Chips, dry breads/rolls, coarse cereals that include seeds/nuts
Foods to avoid: Dry, tough meats (bacon, hot dogs, sausage), sandwiches, peanut butter
Foods to avoid: Raw fruits and vegetables (no fresh, canned, or cooked pineapple), cooked corn or peas, broccoli, cabbage
Foods to avoid: Dry, coarse cakes or cookies, rice or bread pudding, hard candies
Talk with your Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) regarding any questions you may have about your diet recommendations or your swallowing. UMMC Speech-Language Pathology 601-815-6064.
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