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Full Liquid Diet


The full liquid diet is used as a step between a clear liquid diet and a regular diet. It is often implemented after surgery or fasting. It may be used after certain procedures, such as jaw wiring. This diet may also be appropriate for patients who have swallowing and chewing problems.

Nutrition Facts

The full liquid diet is low in iron, vitamin B12, vitamin A, and thiamine. It should not be used for a long period of time unless vitamins, iron, or liquid nutritional supplements are added. This diet has 1800 mg of calcium, so extra calcium is not needed.

Food Groups

Group Recommend Avoid
Milk & Milk Products Milk, milkshakes, eggnog, ice cream, custard, pudding All cheeses
Vegetables All vegetable juices All raw or cooked vegetables
Fruits All juice or nectar All fresh, frozen or canned fruit
Breads & Grains Cooked refined cereals: farina, grits, oatmeal, cream of rice, cream of wheat All other cereals, all breads
Meat or Meat Substitutes None All
Fats & Oils butter, margarine, cream All others
Beverages butter, margarine, cream none
Soups broth, bouillon, strained creamed soups All others

Sample Menu

Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Fruit juice 1cup Strained creamed soup ¾ cup
Hot cereal ½ cup Juice 1 cup
Eggnog 8 oz Ice cream ½ cup
whole milk 8 oz pudding or custard ½ cup
Hot tea with sugar & lemon whole milk 8 oz
Hot tea with sugar & lemon

Sample diet provides the following

Calories 2100
Protein 6 gm
Carbohydrates 290 gm
Fat 80 mg
Sodium 2975 mg
Potassium 2900 mg