Regular normal diet

Normal and Therapeutic Nutrition 3(2+1)
Lesson 18:Importance and modification of normal diet to therapeutic diets

Regular normal diet

  • It is the most frequently used diet in all hospitals.
  • It is used for ambulatory and bed ridden patients whose condition does not necessitate a special diet of one of the routine diets.
  • Many special diets progress ultimately to a regular diet.
  • Table gives contents allowed for soft diet, full fluid and clear fluid diet.

    Table: Contents of soft, full-fluid and clear-fluid diets

    Foods allowed
    Types of food Soft diet Full-fluid Clear-fluid
    Cereals Refined, finely ground whole grain Gruels, porridges kanji, ragi malt Barley water
    Pulses All dals Dal soups, dal payasam Dal water
    Vegetables and Fruits Juices, pureed, cooked and mashed or baked, ripe banana Strained juices, cooked and pureed fruits and vegetables. Clear strained fruit juice
    Milk Milk and milk products, cheese, fine cream Milk and milk beverages, milk shake, lassi Whey water
    Fats and oils Butter, oil, cream, margarine Butter, oil and cream --
    Meat and fish All except pork, minced fish, poultry -- --
    Eggs All except fried Only in beverages --
    Sugar and jaggery All Sugar, jaggery and glucose Sugar or glucose
    Nuts and oil seeds None None None
    Beverages All Tea, coffee, egg, non-carbonated beverages Tea, coffee (without milk) carbonated beverages, coconut water
    Soups All Strained Fat free broth
    Desserts Custard, kheer, pudding Custard, ice cream plain gelatin Plain gelatin

  • The regular hospital diet is simple in character and preparation, with ease of digestion, and calculated to afford maximum nourishment with minimum effort to the body.
  • The diet is well balanced, adequate in nutritional value and attractively served to stimulate a possible poor appetite. This diet gives 1800-2000 kcal and 42-45g of protein.
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