This diet is a transition from the pureed textures to more solid textures. Chewing ability is required. The textures on this level are appropriate for individuals with mild to moderate oral and/or pharyngeal dysphagia. Patients should be assessed for tolerance to mixed textures. It is expected that some mixed textures are tolerated on this diet.
This level consists of foods that are moist, soft-textured, and easily formed into a bolus. Meats are ground or are minced no larger than one-quarter-inch pieces; they are still moist, with some cohesion. All foods from NDD Level 1 are acceptable at this level.