What is full liquid diet?

Full Liquid Diet
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What can you eat on a full liquid diet?

Here are some of the foods and drinks you can have on a full liquid diet.

Talk to your doctor or a dietitian if you have food allergies or special diet needs. They can help you plan meals that work with your needs.

  • Water, ice cubes, and ice chips.
  • Drinks such as hot chocolate, coffee, tea, and soda.
  • Sports drinks and oral rehydration solutions.
  • Flavored ice pops, such as Popsicles.
  • Gelatin, such as Jell-O.
  • Cooked and thinned hot cereals, such as cream of wheat or grits.
  • Honey, sugar, and syrups.
  • Ice cream (without add-ins like nuts, fruit, or candy pieces), frozen yogurt, sherbet, and sorbet.
  • Milk, milkshakes, half and half, and cream.
  • Plant-based milk products, such as soy, almond or coconut.
  • Butter or margarine.
  • Liquid meal supplements, such as Ensure, Boost, or Glucerna.
  • Pudding and custard.
  • Vegetable and fruit juices.
  • Yogurt (without granola, nuts, seeds, or fruit).
  • Strained cream soups or broths (no solids).

What is a full liquid diet?

A full liquid diet includes foods and drinks that will turn liquid if left at room temperature. This diet is often used for a short while. It can give your body many of the nutrients it needs, but it may be low in certain vitamins and minerals. It's also low in fiber.

Why is a full liquid diet used?

A full liquid diet is often used when you can't eat solid foods. For example, you may be preparing for a medical procedure or healing from one. Or you could have problems with your mouth or throat that make it hard to chew or swallow.

How can you eat well on a full liquid diet?

You may need to eat and drink more often while on this diet. Choose foods and liquids that you like, and try to vary the flavors. Add variety by changing between hot and cold or sweet and savory. Talk to your dietitian if you have any questions.

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