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Inpatient Nutrition Services

Inpatient Food Services Team

Your physician may prescribe a therapeutic diet for you while you are in the hospital. A therapeutic diet is designed to help you get better by monitoring the types of foods you consume. With Room Service, our computers have been programmed to help filter out foods available for commonly prescribed diets. Your room service operator can assist you with meal selection. If you are being discharged on a therapeutic diet, a dietitian is available by request to provide diet education. Other dietary questions? Please contact us.

Here are few common diets and what they mean to help guide your food choices.

Regular diet

Patients on this diet may have all of the foods listed on the menu. There are no restrictions.

Mechanical soft diet

Foods are chopped or ground for easier chewing and safer swallowing. Raw vegetables and fruits are not allowed, except for bananas.

Puree diet

All foods are pureed to a smooth consistency to promote swallowing safety and limit chewing. Menu items that cannot be safely pureed are not permitted.

Low fiber/“GI soft” diet

May be used during periods of gastrointestinal illness or postoperatively to promote normal bowel functioning. Foods are “soft” and easy to digest. Total fiber intake is limited to 10 grams or fewer daily and all fruits and vegetables must be cooked. High-fiber selections, like whole wheat, bran, and fresh fruits and vegetables are not allowed. Milk should be limited to two cups or fewer daily while the bowels return to normal functioning.

Carbohydrate controlled diet

Patients are limited to a set number of carbohydrate (CHO) choices per meal, depending on the level prescribed, to promote blood glucose control. One carbohydrate choice contains 15 grams of carbohydrates.

Cardiac diet

This diet limits overall fat (50 grams daily), cholesterol (300 milligrams daily) and sodium intake (2000 milligrams daily).

Thickened liquids restrictions

Patients requiring thickened liquids will receive thickening packets on their meal trays to be mixed into the liquid foods. We provide “nectar thick” and “honey thick” liquids. To ensure swallowing safety, certain liquids that cannot be thickened, such as ice cream or gelatin, are not permitted.

See also: outpatient nutrition services at Sibley.