The International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI) has laid out a framework for all foods to fit within a food or fluid level. Previously, recipes had been written to meet the criteria in the National Dysphagia Diet (NDD) - however, NDD was never fully supported by interdisciplinary providers like Speech Language Pathologists (SLP).
Within IDDSI, any food or recipe can be manipulated to meet the texture and consistency requirements. Plus, as an extra assurance, all recipes can be tested to validate their consistency.
Here are some key considerations for each level:
Reading a recipe:
When reading a recipe for IDDSI, look for a few key areas on the recipe:
Recipe Rules for IDDSI: