Clinical Menu Planning, Therapeutic Diets
A therapeutic diet is a meal plan that controls the intake of certain foods or nutrients. It is part of the treatment of a medical condition and are normally prescribed by a physician and planned by a dietician. A therapeutic diet is usually a modification of a regular diet. In therapeutics diets, modifications are done in nutrients, texture and food allergies or food intolerances.
Therapeutic diets are formulated by doctors or dietetians. Some examples of common therapeutic diets are gluten-free diet, clear liquid diets, full liquid diets, no concentrated sweet diet, diabetic (calorie controlled) diet, renal diet, low fat diet, high fibre diet, no added salts diet etc. Diabetic diet is one of the most common therapeutic diets which involve limiting high sugar foods to help blood sugar levels.
A therapeutic diet of a person may change over time based on the person’s response and improvements in health condition. Depending on a person health condition, the therapeutic diet may be temporary or sometimes the therapeutic diet becomes the permanent change to lead a healthy life.