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Soft and Mechanical Soft

The soft diet consists of foods which are tender, but not ground or pureed.  Whole meats, cooked mild vegetables, and fruits of moderate fiber content are allowed.

This diet is suitable for patients who cannot tolerate highly seasoned, fried or raw foods.  It is sometimes used as a transition between the full liquid diet and the general diet.  It also eliminates foods which might cause discomfort from gas production.

Food Group

Foods Allowed

Foods Omitted

Milk and Milk products (2 or more servings daily)

Milk and milk drinks, cottage cheese, cream cheese, mild cheeses

Strongly flavored cheeses

Fruits and Fruit Juices (2 or more servings daily)

All fruit juices, ripe banana, orange and grapefruit sections (no membrane), all canned fruit

All other raw fruits, all fruits with small seeds, all fruits with tough skins, dried fruit (raisins, dates), coconut

Vegetables and vegetable juices (2 or more servings daily)

All vegetable juices, small amount of raw lettuce, tender cooked vegetables including asparagus, beets, carrots, green beans, wax beans, eggplant, peas, pumpkin, squash, tomatoes

Fibrous or gas forming vegetables such as corn, green pepper, onions, lima beans, brussel sprouts, broccoli, turnips, cauliflower, cucumber, raw and fried vegetables

Bread, Cereal & Starches (4 or more servings daily)

Enriched white, refined whole wheat and rye, raisin bread, saltines, graham, oyster crackers, spaghetti, macaroni, noodles, hominy, white or sweet potatoes

Coarse whole grain breads with seeds or nuts, hot breads, seasoned crackers with spices, highly seasoned potatoes/substitutes, fried potatoes/chips, brown or wild rice

Meat and Meat Substitutes (6 oz. or more daily)

Baked, broiled, roasted, creamed, or stewed tender beef, lamb, veal, liver, chicken, turkey, lean pork or ham, crisp bacon; all canned, fresh or frozen fish and seafood; eggs, smooth peanut butter

Fried, highly seasoned or pickled meat, fish or poultry; fried or raw eggs, smoked meats, sausage, cold cut meats

Note:  the information in this section is provided as a supplement to information discussed with your healthcare provider.  It is not intended to serve as a complete description of a particular topic or substitute for a clinic visit.

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