Feeding and Swallowing Clinic

Mechanical Soft Solid Diet

The mechanical soft solid diet is made up of regular table foods that are soft, moist, and easy to chew and swallow. This diet decreases the amount of chewing that a person must do while eating; it also allows him or her to have better control over foods in the mouth. A mechanical soft solid diet is often recommended for individuals who have trouble chewing and/or swallowing whole foods.

The easiest way to prepare foods for the mechanical soft solid diet is to blend, mash, or chop table foods using a blender, meat grinder, or knife. The following is a list of some foods that may be acceptable and some foods that should be avoided for a mechanical soft solid diet.

ACCEPTABLE

     
  • pancakes, cooked cereal, bread
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  • smooth yogurt, ice cream, cheese
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  • chopped or ground meats, meatloaf
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  • pudding, cake, pie
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  • noodles and pasta
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  • eggs
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  • pureed fruits & vegetables, mashed/baked potatoes (no skins)

AVOID

     
  • hard rolls
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  • uncooked fruits & vegetables
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  • tough meats
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  • caramel

A person who is following the mechanical soft solid diet should be encouraged to eat a wide variety of foods from all of the food groups. His or her food preferences should be incorporated into daily meals. However, it is important to consult with the person's doctor or dietitian to find out exactly what foods are safe for the person to eat. With the help of these professionals, a person on the mechanical soft solid diet will be able to eat safely and meet his or her nutritional needs.