Recipes and Tips for Helping Those with Swallowing Disorders

ST Louis, July 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- For the 18 million Americans with dysphagia, a swallowing disorder, every meal and sip of water can feel like drowning. The main risk is aspiration, or inhaling food/liquid into the airway and lungs, which can cause pneumonia. These individuals must rely on thickened liquids, but options are limited and often unappealing. As a result, more than 200,000 short-term hospital stay patients with dysphagia are discharged with a primary diagnosis of dehydration annually.

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Jennifer Baquet, MA, CCC-SLP, is a senior speech-language pathologist and has assisted in developing creative approaches to help those with swallowing disorders while serving residents at Amsterdam Nursing Home in New York City. For more information and to see Baquet demonstrate tasty recipes to stay hydrated, such as popsicles, iced tea and other drinks, visit .

About Thick-It®

Thick-It is a registered trademark of Kent Precision Foods Group, Inc., based in St. Louis, Missouri. Thick-It Original Thickener is the number one selling retail brand of food and beverage thickeners, introduced

in 1987. In 2005, Thick-It dietitians developed an innovated line of pureed foods, made from real food ingredients. In 2011, Kent Precision Foods Group, Inc. acquired Clearly Superior, which produced AquaCareH2O®, a line of ready-to-drink, pre-thickened beverages, which come in water, juice, coffee and tea varieties. In 2016, Thick-It introduced Thick-It Clear Advantage, a xanthan gum-based powder thickener that supports nutrient and medication absorption.

All Thick-It dysphagia nutrition management products are available at pharmacies nationwide as well as for foodservice and in-facility use through North American and international distributors. For more details, visit


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Source: Thick-It