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Full Liquid Diet


The Full Liquid Diet is a diet which is intermediate between the clear liquid and mechanical soft diet in characteristics. It provides more calories than the clear liquid diet, but is still liquid in the stomach and intestinal tract which is essential for patients who cannot chew or swallow solid foods.

This diet is deficient in several nutrients including niacin, folacin and iron. If the patient remains on this diet more than two days, a vitamin and mineral supplement is required.



1/2 cup orange juice 1/2 cup cooked cream of wheat
8 ounces whole milk Hot, non-caloric beverage

Mid-Morning Snack

  • 1 pureed banana


6 ounces soup, chicken broth 1/2 cup fruit-flavored gelatin dessert
8 ounces eggnog Hot, non-caloric beverage

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Mid-Afternoon Snack

  • 2 cups custard


6 ounces vegetable broth 1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 cup ice cream Hot, non-caloric beverage

Evening Snack

  • 1 pureed apple

Nutrient Content

Calories: 1305 Protein: 7%
Carbohydrates: 75% Fat: 18%
Cholesterol: 320 mg.  Fiber: 2 mg. 


Bread and Cereal Exchange List:

Recommended: Refined or cooked cereals which have been thinned with hot milk

Avoid: All others

Fat Exchange List:


  • Butter
  • Margarine
  • Cream

Avoid: All others

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Fruit Exchange List:

2 or more serving per day


  • Fruit juices
  • Pureed fruit without seeds

Avoid: All others

Meat and Meat Substitute Exchange List


  • Eggs
  • Pureed meats added to broths or soups

Avoid: All others

Milk Exchange List:

3 or more servings per day


  • All milk and milk drinks such as:
  • Eggnog
  • Custard and milk shakes

Avoid: None

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Vegetable Exchange List:


  • Vegetable juices
  • Pureed vegetables
  • Mild-flavored vegetables such as carrots, in soup

Avoid: All vegetables, especially:

Green pepper Broccoli
Cabbage Onions

Miscellaneous Exchange List


Broth Strained cream soups
Coffee Tea (black)
Carbonated beverages, such as cola drinks   

Avoid: All others not noted above


Iowa Dietetics Association. 1984. "Simplified Diet Manual: with Meal Patterns," 5th ed., Iowa State University Press; Ames, Iowa. 108 pp.

Chicago Dietetic Association and the South Suburban Dietetic Association of Cook and Mill counties. 1981. Manual of Clinical Dietetics. W.B. Saunders Co., Philadelphia.

American Cancer Society. Facts on Prostrate Cancer.

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