What Is the Diet for Esophageal Dysphagia?

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Q:
What Is the Diet for Esophageal Dysphagia?

A:
Dysphagia means difficulty swallowing. People with dysphagia feel that food “gets stuck” in their throat. So the patients need a specialized diet for receiving enough nutrition.

The National Dysphagia Diet recommends different diets for three levels. They are designed to help the patients recover from liquids to more solid foods over time.

The details of the diets are described below:

  • Dysphagia pureed diet: Foods are pureed and homogenous, including meats, vegetables, and breads, of pudding-like consistency.
  • Dysphagia mechanically altered diet: Foods are moist, soft textured, and easily formed into a food bolus for swallowing. Foods are well-cooked and soft. Meats are ground or minced.
  • The dysphagia advanced diet: Foods are of nearly regular texture, but very hard, sticky, or crunchy foods are not included.

 

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