Full Liquid Diet

Author:  Frank W. Jackson, M.D.


The full liquid diet is often used as a step between a clear liquid diet and a regular diet, for example, after surgery or fasting. It may also be used after certain procedures, such as jaw wiring. This diet may also be appropriate for patients who have swallowing and chewing problems.

Nutrition Facts

The full liquid diet is low in iron, vitamin B12, vitamin A, and thiamine. It should not be used for a long period of time unless vitamins, iron, or liquid nutritional supplements are added. This diet has 1800 mg of calcium, so extra calcium is not needed.

Food Groups
Group Recommend Avoid
Milk & milk products milk, milkshakes, eggnog, ice cream, custard, pudding all cheeses
Vegetables all vegetable juices all raw or cooked vegetables
Fruits all juice or nectar all fresh, frozen, or canned fruit
Breads & grains cooked refined cereals; farina, grits, oatmeal, cream of rice, cream of wheat all other cereals, all breads
Meat or meat substitutes none all
Fats & oils butter, margarine, cream all others
Sweets & desserts sherbet, sugar, hard candy, plain gelatin, fruit ice, honey, syrups all others
Beverages all none
Soups broth, bouillon, strained creamed soups all others
Sample Menu
Lunch & Dinner
  • fruit juice 1 cup
  • hot cereal 1/2 cup
  • eggnog 8 oz
  • whole milk 8 oz
  • hot tea with sugar & lemon
  • strained creamed soup 3/4 cup
  • juice 1 cup
  • ice cream 1/2 cup
  • pudding or custard 1/2 cup
  • whole milk 8 oz
  • hot tea with sugar & lemon
  • salt/pepper
This Sample Diet Provides the Following
80 mg
60 gm
2975 mg
290 gm
2900 mg

© Frank W. Jackson, M.D.

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