Author(s): Jacqueline Larson
Swallowing difficulty is a growing problem in the United States. To aid in the swallowing process, texture modification of food is often necessary. "Preparing Puree Meals" is an excellent resource and recipe book for care providers or individuals with swallowing difficulty. Although there are multiple levels of diet textures, this book focuses on the puree texture diet and methods to improve the taste, preserve nutrients, and aid in meal enhancement. Dysphasia is not a disease but a disruption of a normal process. Dysphasia can lead to silent aspiration. Aspiration pneumonia is the fifth leading cause of death in people over 60 years of age and the third leading cause of death in people over 80. Unrecognized or untreated dysphagia can lead to many serious problems including: aspiration, choking, dehydration, malnutrition, and depression. Learn who is most likely to develop dysphagia, warning signs of dysphagia and treatment plans. Make sure meals prepared are safe and prepared correctly. This informative book details how to prepare puree meals and what foods should be avoided to prevent choking or aspiration of foods. The recipes are simple, easy, economical and for single servings. Learn how to increase calories and protein when weight loss and little desire to eat is a problem. Get tips on how to control weight if weight gain is an issue. Discover what foods are the healthiest choices and how much food should be served. "Preparing Puree Meals" is an essential tool and resource written and prepared by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with years of experience working with dysphagia patients. This book is not a replacement but a supplement to medical care. All medical care should be reviewed with your medical care provider before implementing.