- Reference Number: HEY-358/2016
- Departments: Nutrition Support, Speech and Language
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This leaflet has been produced to give you general information about the food textures recommended by your Speech and Language Therapist (SLT). Most of your questions should have been answered by this leaflet. It is not intended to replace the discussion between you and your SLT, but may act as a starting point for discussion. If after reading it you have any concerns or require further explanation, please discuss this with your SLT.
Why do I need to eat thick pureed foods?
A Speech and Language Therapist will have assessed your swallowing. As a result of their assessment they have recommended thick pureed texture foods.
What are thick pureed foods?
Thick pureed food is:
- A thick, smooth, uniform consistency
- Has been pureed and/or sieved to remove lumps
- A thickener may have been added to maintain stability
- Can be eaten with a fork or spoon
- Will hold its own shape on a plate and can be moulded, layered and piped
- No chewing required
Ideally it should be moist. This can be achieved by mixing in a gravy or sauce if necessary. Please note that the thick uniform consistency needs to be maintained.
Each different food group should be pureed separately i.e. meat and each individual vegetable pureed separately.
Below is a list of examples of suitable foods:
- Weetabix ™ with milk fully absorbed
- Ready Brek™, with no lumps and no loose fluids
- Porridge, sieved so there are no lumps
- Pureed fruit or very finely mashed e.g. banana (no lumps)
- Meat: any meat pureed well in a blender
- Potato: mashed well, no lumps, add milk/butter/cream to make smoother if necessary
- Vegetables: any vegetables cooked until very soft and then pureed individually in a blender
- Desserts: pureed fruits with custard, cream, mousse, yoghurt, fruit fool.
Note: No ice cream or jelly unless advised suitable by your Speech and Language Therapist.
You may be referred to a dietitian if your overall food intake is poor; you have reduced appetite or have lost weight. The dietitian will be able to give you tailored information and advice about your diet, and meal ideas.
Should you require any further advice on the issues contained in this leaflet, please do not hesitate to contact the Speech and Language Therapy Department on telephone number: (01482) 604331
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Most of your questions should have been answered by this leaflet, but remember that this is only a starting point for discussion with the healthcare team.
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- you must be able to give your consent
- you must be given enough information to enable you to make a decision
- you must be acting under your own free will and not under the strong influence of another person
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