Dysphagia Diet Levels
A Dyphagia Diet is a diet that has different consistencies of foods. It is for patients with dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing. The National Dysphagia Diet (NDD), published in 2002 by the American Dietetic Association, aims to establish standard terminology and practice applications of dietary texture modification in dysphagia management.
What are the different National Dysphagia Diet Levels?
- National Dysphagia Level I is a puree consistency diet (homogenous, very cohesive, pudding-like, requiring very little chewing ability).
- National Dysphagia Diet Level 2: Mechanical Altered (cohesive, moist, semisolid foods, requiring some chewing).
- National Dysphagia Diet Level 3: Dysphagia-Advanced (soft foods that require more chewing ability).
- Regular (all foods allowed).
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