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Level 2 National Dysphagia Diet

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is a level 2 National Dysphagia Diet diet?

A level 2 National Dysphagia Diet includes only moist, soft foods. Regular foods need to be changed to make them easier to chew and swallow. This can be done by blending, chopping, grinding, mashing, shredding, or cooking the food. You need to have some chewing ability to eat these foods. Your healthcare provider will tell you how long you need to follow this diet. He or she may also explain the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI). The IDDSI contains 8 levels, from the thinnest liquids and foods to the thickest. Foods from the National Dysphagia Diet level 2 diet are on IDDSI level 5. Your provider may show you how to use IDDSI guidelines to test the thickness of your food or liquid.

What do I need to know about liquids?

Your healthcare provider will tell you how thick your liquids need to be. This depends on your ability to swallow. For the IDDSI system, liquids are levels 0 through 4. Your healthcare provider will tell you if which liquids you can have. Liquids can be thickened, if needed, with thickeners, flour, cornstarch, or potato flakes. Foods that are liquid at room temperature should also be thickened. These include frozen malts, yogurt, milk shakes, eggnog, ice cream, and gelatin.

How do I prepare foods?

Which foods can I eat?

Remember to make the pieces of any food ¼ inch (0.635 cm) or smaller.

Which foods should I avoid?

What other guidelines should I follow?

Where can I find more information about the IDDSI?

You can find official information about IDDSI levels and instructions for thickness testing by going to www.IDDSI.org.

When should I call my doctor?

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