How to talk to patients about blenderized foods

How to talk to patients about blenderized foods

 
 

Patient may ask: 

What is a blend?

Answer: A blend is a type of diet which includes whole foods that have been cooked and then thinned out by water, broth or milk and placed in either a blender and sometimes strained to decrease the risk of clogging the feeding tube. Blenderized foods allow the patient's diet to have more variety when compared to standard tube feeding formulas.

Patient may ask: 

How can blenderized foods be served?

Answer:Blenderized foods can be served the same way as formula, either through pump, gravity or bolus method. Blends should not be heated or placed in a microwave as this may cause “hot spots”. The blend should be consumed at room temperature. Premade blends such as Kitchen Blends are prepared specifically for tube feeding; if a patient is making their own formula: serving size, consistency and amount of liquid in the recipe should be monitored to avoid over/under serving, malnutrition, and tube clogging.

Patient may ask: 

Are blenderized foods going to clog my feeding tube?

Answer: Mixing foods in a food processor or blender with broth, water or milk ensures a liquid thin consistency and will reduce any potential for tubes becoming clogged. Purchased blends use high - speed, industrial mixers to liquify ingredients. High - speed blenders, like Vitamix® are recommended if the blend is being made at a home kitchen. For an additional layer of security, consumers can strain their food in a fine mesh strainer

Patient may ask: 

Are the nutrient ratio and ingredients similar to regular tube - feeding formulas?

Answer:Different than other tube feeding formulas, whole - food based blenderized meals are part of a balanced diet, as all foods in their purest forms, and they don’t contain any harmful or processed ingredients, such as sucrose, soy oil, corn oil.

When choosing to incorporate a more whole - foods based blend, patients should be monitored regularly and progress should be tracked to ensure there is patient tolerance. Educating family members, caregivers and patients about the benefits of a blenderized diet for tube feeding before starting can set the patient up for success.


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