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Chewing problems can interfere with healthy eating. A change in your ability to chew means you will need to choose foods that are softer to eat. You will also need to alter the way you prepare certain dishes. With some knowledge and planning, you can still eat a nutritious diet. Here is a guide to selecting and preparing soft, moist foods that are easier to chew.
Some chewing problems are temporary and some may last for a while. Here are some of the reasons why you may have trouble chewing:
If you are not chewing well, you will eat fewer foods. This may lead to nutrient deficiencies or weight loss. It is important to have a balanced diet, even if you have trouble chewing.
A team of health care professionals can help with chewing problems. Talk with your doctor. You may want to include these people on your health care team:
Even when it is hard to chew, your goal is to eat a balanced and healthy diet. Choose foods from the four food groups in Canada’s Food Guide. Aim to include at least three of the four food groups at each meal. There are many easy-to-chew options!
Here are some meal ideas using foods from Canada’s Food Guide and the tips above:
Speak with your doctor or a dietitian if you are losing weight. You may need to eat smaller, more frequent meals that are high in protein and calories. You may need nutritional supplements.
If you are having trouble chewing, speak with your doctor. You can also call an EatRight Ontario Registered Dietitian at 1-877-510-510-2. Changing the foods you choose and how you prepare them can help ensure that you eat well. With some guidance, you can still get all four food groups and enjoy delicious meals every day.
Older adults eating well
April is Oral Health Month
Nutri-eSCREEN – Eating Habits Survey: If you are an older adult, take this short questionnaire to help you find out what you are doing well and where you can improve to stay healthy and active.
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