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Soft-Textured, Bland Diet: Care Instructions

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A soft-textured, bland diet is used when you need food that is easy to chew, swallow, and digest. You will need to choose soft foods that are low in spices and seasonings. You will need to avoid high-fat foods, as well as caffeine and alcohol.

Your doctor or dietitian can help you plan a soft-textured, bland diet based on your health and what you prefer to eat. Ask your doctor how long you should stay on this diet. As you get better, you will probably be able to go back to a regular diet. Talk with your doctor or dietitian before you make changes in your diet.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

How can you care for yourself at home?

  • Choose foods that are easy to chew and swallow. Good choices are mashed potatoes, soft breads and rolls, cream soups, oatmeal, and Cream of Wheat.
  • Choose soft, well-cooked vegetables and soft or canned fruits. Good choices are applesauce, ripe bananas, and non-citrus fruit juice.
  • Try milk, yogurt, or other milk products, if you can digest dairy without too many problems.
  • Choose soft protein foods such as eggs, tofu, steamed fish, chicken, and turkey. Slow-cooking methods, such as stewing, will help soften meat. Chopping meat in a food processor or blender also will make it easier to eat.
  • Avoid nuts, raw vegetables, hard crackers, tough meats, and prunes and prune juice.
  • Avoid foods that are very spicy, such as foods seasoned with black pepper, chili peppers, horseradish, or hot sauce.
  • Avoid highly acidic foods such as citrus fruits, citrus fruit juices, and tomato-based foods.
  • Avoid high-fat foods such as fried meat, chips, and rich desserts.
  • Check with your doctor before you drink alcohol or beverages that have caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and cola beverages.

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