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Liquid & Food Thickener

Food Thickeners and Liquid Thickeners help individuals who experience difficulty with swallowing (dysphagia) and are at risk of dehydration, malnutrition, choking, and aspiration. Drink Thickeners can help with the management of a dysphagia diet. They change textures and make it easier to chew food and reduces the risk of liquid or food going down the trachea or windpipe, which leads to the lungs. Beverage Thickeners are designed to decrease the risk of liquid aspiration and allow individuals to easily swallow fluid without choking.

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What is Dysphagia?

Dysphagia is a common disease that causes difficulty or discomfort in swallowing foods and beverages. It can be associated with pain and can occur in patients of any age, but is more common in adults and elderly.

What are the Common Signs of Dysphagia?

  • Taking More than 10 Seconds to Swallow
  • Poor Motivation and Weakness
  • Lacking the Ability to Chew
  • Gagging or Choking
  • Drooling or Oral Leaking
  • Regurgitation
  • Frequent Heartburn
  • Unexpected Weight Loss
  • Having to Cut Food into Small Pieces
  • Pocketing Food within the Cheeks

What are the Benefits of Beverage Thickeners?

Drink Thickeners prevent thin liquids from moving quickly down the throat and help reduce the risk of spilling from the mouth. Thin liquids can be unpredictable, unmanageable, difficult to control, and can possibly slip to the airway before the swallowing reflex initiates. When a liquid is thickened, it slows down the bolus flow in order to compensate for a delayed swallow, which reduces airway closure. When liquids are thickened with products, such as the Thick-It AquaCare H2O Thickened Liquids, it gives patients more time to properly swallow.


Liquid Thickening Agent

How do Instant Food Thickeners Work?

They are formulated with thickening polymers, such as food-starch, corn-starch, and gum-based thickeners, such as Xanthan gum. This formula is designed to bind and thicken loose and runny foods by secreting a bacterium that produces Glucose and sucrose fermentation. Bacterium forms a substance with a pleasant texture that is similar to ice cream. If you prefer to have your food in a ready-to-eat puree, you may like to try the Thick & Easy Ready to Use Puree Bowls by Hormel.

Food Thickening Agent

What are the Different Types of Thickening Agents?

  • Cornstarch (Most Common)
  • Pre-Gelatinized Starches
  • Arrowroot
  • Agar-Agar
  • Algin (Sodium alginate)
  • Carrageenan or Irish Moss
  • GelatinizedGum Arabic or Acacia
  • Gum Tragacanth
  • Pectin

Additional Information

Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, and Long Term Care Institute, National Policy and Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging, Florida International University, Miami, 33199, USA. [email protected] Use of Thickened Liquids in Skilled Nursing Facilities Butler E., Gluch L., Burke B.

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Volume 115, Issue 1, January 2015, Pages 106-111 Rheological Characteristics of Cold Thickened Beverages Containing Xanthan Gum–Based Food Thickeners Used for Dysphagia Diets Hyun M.ChoMSByoungseungYooPhD

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