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Dysphagia Diet. Dysphagia. Modified diet consisting of foods that are easy to chew and swallow for those who have difficulty chewing and swallowing. There are three levels of the diet depending on the condition of the patient. Level 1 Rationale .
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Dysphagia • Modified diet consisting of foods that are easy to chew and swallow for those who have difficulty chewing and swallowing. • There are three levels of the diet depending on the condition of the patient.
Level 1 Rationale • This level is designed for people with moderate to severe dysphagia. • Extremely poor chewing and swallowing abilities. • These patients can not protect their airway. • Close supervision while eating is required. • Completely pureed, blended, soft, and thick foods.
Level 1:Common Foods Mashed Bananas Beverage Thickener Chocolate Pudding Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Level 2 Rationale • Transition from a pureed diet (level 1) to more solid foods. • Chewing ability is required on this level. • Foods that are soft, moist, ground up, and easily chewed are required at this level.
Level 2:Common Foods Pulp Free Orange Juice-thickened Pancakes moistened with syrup Canned fruit-no pineapple Smooth oatmeal
Level 3 Rationale • This level is a transition from level 2 diet to a regular diet. • Patient can chew and swallow adequately. • Foods required on this diet are nearly regular textures, with the exception of hard, sticky, or crunchy foods. Foods still need to be moist and cut into bite-size pieces to aid swallowing.
Level 3:Common Foods Bread moistened with butter and jam Strawberries that have only small seeds Thin-sliced meat
The Three Levels of Soup Level 1: Smooth, thickened soup Level 3: Small, soft pieces of vegetables and meat Level 2: Vegetables are ½ inch, and easy to chew and swallow.