What is a soft food diet and when is it needed?

What is a soft food diet and when is it needed?

Your doctor will probably recommend a soft diet if you have issues with chewing and swallowing. For most cases, a soft diet is temporary during a recovery process. However, in some cases, it is permanent and becomes a lifestyle. 

These are some of the foods that can be included in a soft diet:

  • Fruits and vegetables
    • Applesauce 
    • canned fruit without seed or skin
    • ripe fruits or cooked 
    • Soft peeled fruits such as banana, melon, or peaches.
    • Soft well-cooked vegetables without seeds or skin
  • Bread, cereal, rice, and pasta
    • Bread, pancakes, muffins, waffles moistened with syrup.
    • Moist dry or cooked cereal.
    • Pasta, macaroni, rice, or noodles.
  • Milk, yogurt, and cheese
    • Melted cheese, ricotta cheese, or cottage cheese
    • Ice cream or frozen yogurt without fruits or nuts.
    • Milk, milkshakes, or milk drinks.
    • Yogurt
  • Meats and other sources of protein
    • Eggs (Poached, scrambled or cooked)
    • Soups with small pieces of meat and vegetables. 
    • Fish or poultry, ground or chopped into small pieces.
    • Moist legumes, such as baked beans. 

Foods to avoid

You should not include in your diet foods that contain too much fiber or are harder to digest, such as: 

  • whole grain bread
  • beans and nuts, dry seeds, including peanuts
  • brown and wild rice
  • berries
  • fiber-enriched cereals
  • raw vegetables, especially carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli
  • carbonated beverages 

Benefits of a soft diet

A soft diet is a way of giving your system a break from "heavy lifting". It is important that, while you are on the soft diet, you give your entire body some rest. If you follow the rules and after consulting with your physician, you will be able to go back to eating fiber-rich foods.