LIQUIDISED DIET- Level 3 (Yellow)
A new food
level has been added to the IDDSI guidelines- Liquidised food.
Liquidised food and moderately
thick fluids both have the same flow characteristics & testing methods. They may be recommended for
someone with reduced tongue control &/or oral preparation, and severe difficulty &/or pain swallowing
Foods in a Liquidised diet are smooth (i.e with no 'bits' like lumps, fibres,
bits of shell or skin, husk, seeds). They can be drunk from a cup or eaten from a spoon. An example is
runny pureed fruit, or foods such as soup, juice,s, milk drinks, runny custard, melted icecream or smooth
Foods should easily pour from a tilted spoon, having some flow, but no separation
of thin (watery) liquid. They should not be able to be eaten from a fork or chop sticks, and they will
not hold its shape on a plate.
(For foods like soup at Level 3 Liquidised texture, IDDSI suggests
blending with milk, butter, cream or gravy to avoid diluting nutrient and energy content. Consult a dietitian
for more information.)