(1) The diet consists of foods, which are liquid at room or body temperature,
and will easily flow through a straw. Included in the full liquid diet are all juices, strained
soups, thinned, cooked cereals, custards, ice cream, sherbet, and milk. A high protein
beverage is given at breakfast and between meals. Commercially prepared liquid
supplements may also be used.
(2) The standard menu mat (DA Form 2902-12-R) provides approximately
2777 calories. This diet is slightly below the RDA in iron for females, and in niacin for men.
c. Advanced Full Liquid Diet. This diet may be prescribed to meet the nutritive
requirements of a patient who must receive a full liquid diet for an extended period of time
or who has undergone oral surgery and must have foods, which can pass through a straw.
(1) The foods permitted are the same as those allowed on the full liquid diet.
The advanced full liquid diet is made more nutritious by the addition of blended, thinned,
and strained meat, potatoes, and vegetables. High-protein beverages are served with
meals and between meals.
(2) The standard menu mat provides approximately 4028 calories. The
advanced full liquid diet meets the RDA for all nutrients tabulated.
d. Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy Cold Liquid Diet. This diet is used
following a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy (T&A). It is also used when only fluids or
soothing foods in liquid form are tolerated.
(1) The T&A cold liquid diet provides only cold liquids, which are free of
irritants or acid properties. Foods allowed are flavored gelatins, ice cream, sherbet, and
milk. A high protein beverage is served between meals.
(2) The standard menu mat is DA Form 2902-14-R. The T&A cold liquid diet
does not meet the RDA for niacin and Vitamin A for adult males or children ages 4 to 10,
and is below the RDA for thiamine for children ages 1 to 4. It does not meet the RDA for
iron for any age group.
e. Soft Diet. The soft diet is prescribed for patients unable to tolerate a regular
diet. It is part of the progressive stages of diet therapy after surgery or during recovery
from an acute illness.
(1) The diet consists of solid foods that are prepared without added black
pepper, chili powder, or chili pepper. It does not contain whole grain cereals or salads with
raw, fresh fruits and vegetables. Serving sizes are small to provide a gradual increase in
the amount of food from the liquid diet.
(2) The standard menu mat (DA Form 2902-4-R) provides approximately
2236 calories. This diet does not meet the RDA in iron for females or thiamine for males,
nor niacin for either males or females.