Introduction: What is a Therapeutic Diet?
A therapeutic diet is a meal plan that controls the intake of certain foods or nutrients. A Therapeutic diet is sometimes called a "special diet". It is part of the treatment of a medical condition. A therapeutic diet is usually a modification of a Regular diet. It is modified or tailored to fit the nutrition needs of a particular patient or resident. Therapeutic diets are modified for
- Food allergies
- Food Intolerances.
Why are Therapeutic Diets Necessary?
Common reasons Therapeutic Diets may be ordered include :
- To maintain nutritional status.
- To restore nutritional status.
- To correct nutritional status.
- To decrease calories for weight control.
- To provide extra calories for Weight Gain.
- To balance amounts of carbohydrates, fat and protein for control of diabetes.
- To provide a greater amount of a nutrient such as protein.
- To decrease the amount of a nutrient such as sodium.
- To exclude foods due to allergies or food intolerance.
- Provide texture modifications due to problems with chewing and/or swallowing.