What are some tips for eating well with swallowing problems?

  • Liquids of thicker consistency are easier to swallow.
  • Drink eight cups of liquid each day to meet fluid needs.
  • Very warm and well-chilled foods make swallowing easier.
  • Eat small meals frequently throughout the day to meet nutrient needs.
  • Eat moist foods, such as casseroles and foods with sauces.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/14/2019.


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