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Dietitian Q/A

Because of the contents of some questions and the large number we receive, the MUSC Dietitians only answer selected questions. Although we discourage questions regarding personal health problems, scheduling an appointment with the outpatient dietitian to address these concerns is encouraged. Appointments can be made after a physician referral is received.

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 Question:  My husband has been put on a mechanical soft diet. Would pizza be on this diet?


A mechanical soft diet consists of foods that are soft and easy to chew/swallow. Most pizzas crusts are dry and hard to chew/swallow so it would not be appropriate for him. However, if you were to put it into a blender or food processor and chop it up finely, then it would be appropriate. Also adding additional sauce to the chopped pizza can help soften it up.

You can get additional information on what foods are allowed on a mechanical soft diet at the following link: http://www.muschealth.com/nutrition/wellness/educationresources/guidelines-%20removed%20from%20site%20feb%202011/soft.htm

Answered: 09/02/2011

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