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Soft diets may be recommended when the patient is ready for more than liquid nutrition, but still can not tolerate regular solid food. This type of diet is often used when the patient is suffering the side effects of chemotherapy or radiation therapy when the mouth, throat, esophagus or stomach may be sore. All necessary nutrients are supplied with a "Soft" diet, therefore, it may be used over longer periods of time. Foods are generally bland, lower fat foods, softened by cooking, mashing, pureeing or blending.

Examples of "Soft" diet foods include:


Beverages All
Breads French, Vienna, Italian, seedless rye, white, refined whole wheat (excluding whole-grain), cornbread; muffins, French toast, crackers, biscuits, rolls, pancakes, and waffles, if tolerated.
Cereals Refined, cooked, or ready-to-eat such as cream of wheat, farina, hominy grits, corn meal, oatmeal, puffed rice.
Cheeses All, except those that are sharp or strongly flavored or those containing whole seeds and/or spices.
Desserts Ice milk, ice cream, sherbet, ices, custards, gelatins with allowed fruits.
Eggs All, except raw or fried.
Fats Butter, cream, cream substitutes, vegetable shortening and oils, margarine, mayonnaise, sour cream, commercial French dressing.
Fish Cooked, fresh, or frozen fish without bones; tuna, salmon.
Fruits and Fruit Juices All juices and nectars; avocado, banana, canned or cooked apples, apricots, cherries, grapefruit and orange sections without membrane, peaches, pears, seedless grapes, tomatoes; soft melons, such as watermelon, if tolerated.
Meat Tender beef, lamb, veal, or liver that is baked, broiled, creamed, roasted, or stewed; roasted or stewed pork.
Milk / Milk Products All.
Nuts/Legumes Creamy peanut butter.
Potatoes Baked, boiled, creamed, scalloped, mashed, au gratin; mashed sweet potatoes; dumplings; noodles; brown or white rice; spaghetti.
Poultry Chicken, Cornish game hen, turkey, chicken livers.
Rice/Pasta/Soups Bouillon, broth, consommé, strained cream and vegetable soups.
Sweets Apple butter, butterscotch candy, caramels, chocolate, fondant, plain fudge, lollipops, marshmallows, mints; honey, jelly, syrups, sugar in small amounts.
Vegetables Canned or cooked asparagus, carrots, beets, eggplant, mushrooms, parsley, pumpkin, spinach, squash, vegetable juice cocktail, raw lettuce, if tolerated.
Miscellaneous Aspic, catsup, gelatin, gravy, pretzels, soy sauce, vinegar; cheese, cream, tomato, brown and white cream sauces; all finely chopped or ground leaf herbs and spices.

An example of a Soft Diet would be:

½ cup fruit juice
2 eggs, scrambledbreakfast of toast and eggs
1 slice toast
1 teaspoon butter or margarine
Sugar and cream

½ cup to 1 cup cereal
1 cup milk

½ cup fruit juice
2 ounces meat, fish or poultry
½ cup vegetable
2 slices bread
1 teaspoon butter or margarine
1 cup milk

2 teaspoons creamy peanut butter

4 ounces meat, fish or poultry
1 cup potato
½ cup vegetable
1 slice bread or roll
1 teaspoon butter or margarine
1 serving fruit or allowed dessert

½ cup fruit or allowed dessert
1 cup milk, milkshake or pasteurized eggnog

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