Full liquid Diet

The full liquid diet is often used as a step between a clear liquid diet and a regular diet, for example, after surgery or fasting. It may also 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 1,800 mg of calcium, so extra calcium is not needed.

Food Groups
Milk & milk productsmilk, milkshakes, eggnog, ice cream, custard, puddingall cheeses
Vegetablesall vegetable juicesall raw or cooked vegetables
Fruitsall juice or nectarall fresh, frozen, or canned fruit
Breads & grainscooked refined cereals; farina, grits, oatmeal, cream of rice, cream of wheatall other cereals, all breads
Meat or meat substitutesnoneall
Fats & oilsbutter, margarine, creamall others
Sweets & dessertssherbet, sugar, hard candy, plain gelatin, fruit ice, honey, syrupsall others
Soupsbroth, bouillon, strained creamed soupsall others
Sample Menu
Lunch & Dinner
  • fruit juice 1 cup
  • hot cereal 1/2 cup
  • eggnog 8 oz
  • whole milk 8 oz
  • hot tea with sugar & lemon
  • strained creamed soup 3/4 cup
  • juice 1 cup
  • ice cream 1/2 cup
  • pudding or custard 1/2 cup
  • whole milk 8 oz
  • hot tea with sugar & lemon
  • salt/pepper
This Sample Diet Provides the Following
80 mg
60 gm
2,975 mg
290 gm
2,900 mg


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