Your speech & language therapist may recommend for you to go on a texture modified diet. This is where your food is softened or puréed to allow easier and safer chewing and swallowing. They will recommend which food descriptor you must follow.
What are food descriptors?
The following descriptors detail the types and textures of foods that you are required to follow to ensure a safe diet. Guidance taken from the National Patient Safety Agency Handbook, endorsed by the British Dietetic Association (BDA), Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT), Hospital Carers Association (HCA) and the National Nurses Nutrition Group (NNNG)1
Your speech & language therapist will tell you which stage to follow, they are prescribed on an individual basis by a speech & language therapist following an assessment so it is very important that you wait for them to tell you which stage.
1 Dysphagia Diet Food Texture Descriptors. National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) Dysphagia Expert Reference Group in association with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. April 2011