fat fish, such as salmon, is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fats
are essential and healthy fats that can help promote good heart health.
- It is important
to still eat vegetables and fruit on a minced and pureed diet, as they provide a variety
of essential nutrients, such as vitamin C. Choose fruits and vegetables that do
not contain seeds or pits. Cook vegetables very soft and remove tough skins
before mincing or pureeing.
safe swallowing, the fish you choose to make for a minced or pureed diet should not
contain any bones. It is also best to cook the fish in a covered dish in the
oven or wrapped in parchment, to prevent it from forming any crispy and hard pieces.
the fish in a sauce or a liquid can help add more moisture. After it is cooked,
remove the fish from the liquid before mincing or pureeing.
Mince Diet: For
a minced diet, fish and meat should be served finely mashed or chopped to 4 millimeters
lump size. Then served in a thick, smooth, non-pouring sauce or gravy.
- *Fork Test: The
slots/gaps between the prongs of a standard metal fork typically measure 4 mm,
which meets the particle size requirement of foods on a Minced and Moist diet.
Use a fork to gently press down on the food and check that the food pieces
easily fit between the prongs of the fork
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Puree Diet: For
a pureed diet, fish and meat should be well blended using a food processor or
good blender. It should then be served with a thicker sauce, as liquids and sauces must not separate
from the solids. Pureed foods should have
a smooth texture with no lumps. They should hold shape on a spoon, but should
still be able to easily fall off the spoon when it is tilted.
- **Spoon Tilt Test: The
food sample should hold its shape on the spoon and falls off fairly easily if
the spoon is tilted or lightly flicked. The food sample should not be firm or
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1) If you notice changes in your ability to chew and swallow, it is important to let your doctor know. Your doctor can refer you for a swallowing assessment.
2) Be sure to speak to your doctor before starting to take any Omega-3 supplements as they can interact with medications.