What Foods Are Included in a Medically Prescribed Soft Diet?

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A soft diet is made up of various foods that are literally soft and therefore easy to chew and swallow. A doctor typically prescribes a soft diet for people who have had any type of head or stomach surgery, or people who have orthodontic or other dental issues. A soft diet avoids foods difficult to chew. For those placed on a soft diet for any type of stomach surgery or experiencing digestive issues, soft food diets also eliminate spicy and gas-producing foods.

Creamy soups are permissible in a soft diet.
Creamy soups are permissible in a soft diet.

Breads and Cereals

Although soft diets eliminate most bread, you can still enjoy softer breads. Cut off the crust and soften in milk, if necessary. You can also enjoy cooked cereal and oatmeal, and cereals softened in milk, as long as they do not contain any nuts.

Oatmeal with blueberries
Oatmeal with blueberries (Image: Sally Scott/iStock/Getty Images)

Fruits and Vegetables

Enjoy bananas and any canned fruit, or puree berries with fruit juice. A soft diet eliminates raw vegetables but you can certainly cook them. Mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes are also included in a soft diet.

Bowl of sliced bananas
Bowl of sliced bananas (Image: tycoon751/iStock/Getty Images)

Meats and Other Protein

While tough meats are eliminated in a soft diet, you can have ground meat. Get your protein as well from soft scrambled eggs and cooked beans.

Scrambled eggs in pan
Scrambled eggs in pan (Image: HandmadePictures/iStock/Getty Images)

Dairy

Soft cheeses such as ricotta and cottage cheese are permissible in soft diets. You can also enjoy creamy yogurt as long as it is without fruit or granola. Eat treats such as custards, gelatins and ice cream (without nuts).

Bowl of cottage cheese
Bowl of cottage cheese (Image: YelenaYemchuk/iStock/Getty Images)

Soup

A soft diet includes soups, such as broths, but you can also have creamy soups, if you want to indulge a little more.

Spoon in a bowl filled with chicken broth
Spoon in a bowl filled with chicken broth (Image: daffodilred/iStock/Getty Images)

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