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What healthy foods can I eat if I have chewing problems?

If you have chewing problems, make sure oral problems don't become a barrier to good nutrition. Choose softer foods that are easier to chew. All five food groups have foods that are softer and easier to eat:
  • Grains Group: cooked cereal, cooked rice, cooked pasta, soft breads or rolls
  • Fruit Group: fruit juice, cooked or canned fruit, avocados, bananas, grapefruit and orange sections
  • Vegetable Group: vegetable juice, cooked vegetables and mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes
  • Milk Group: milk, cheese, yogurt, pudding, ice cream, milk shakes
  • Meat and Beans Group: chopped, lean meat, chopped chicken or turkey, canned fish, eggs, tofu, hummus and peanut butter

If you have chewing problems, such as after having a tooth extraction, there are still many healthy foods that you can enjoy. Drinking water that is fluoridated is good for preventing tooth decay; drinking milk and orange will provide many vitamins. There are also a number of other ways to get milk, such as through yogurt or cheese. Many fruits and vegetables can be steamed or prepared so that they are softer to eat, and these foods provide a number of healthful benefits.

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