What is the difference between the soft diet and mechanical soft diet?
Soft food diet is one that includes foods that are easy to chew and swallow and excludes foods with a hard texture. Mechanical soft food diet refers to using equipment, such as a blender or processor.
Why would a patient be on a mechanical soft diet?
The mechanical soft diet is appropriate for patients who are recovering from head, neck, or mouth surgery, who have dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), narrowing of the esophagus (food tube), or who are too ill or weak to chew.
Can you have bread on a mechanical soft diet?
The main goal of the mechanical soft diet is avoiding foods that require a lot of chewing, such as tough meat, raw veggies, bread with a thick crust, nuts, seeds, and hard or crunchy snacks. Some foods, such as pudding, are safe for a mechanical soft diet as is.