Cold Liquid Diet


An individual experiences fever, difficulty swallowing, sore throat and pain when he has tonsillitis. Although the condition is commonly experienced by people of all ages, its frequency is slightly higher among children. Some people have to undergo an operation to remove their tonsils, a procedure called tonsillectomy. However, surgery is only the last option. More often, medication therapy and prescribed diet exclusive for the condition are effective in managing the condition.


Cold liquid diet also termed as TONSIL diet, is food preparation includes serving cold or iced liquids. This diet varies depending on the severity of the patient’s condition, age and overall health status. Usually, patients are instructed to refrain from eating solid foods for a day or two only since this diet does not provide adequate nutrition.

Purpose of a Cold Liquid Diet

The aim of prescribing a cold liquid diet is to promote relief to fresh mouth sores or following tonsillectomy. Serious symptoms of the condition following surgery effectively subside through this diet together with proper medication therapy.

Guidelines in Preparing for a Cold Liquid Diet

C – Consult a nutritionist or a doctor before initiating this diet. The cold liquid diet is not nutritionally adequate. Hence, you should not risk your health without proper medical advice.

O – Only soothing fluids are allowed in this diet. Selected items should be free from irritants and acid preparations. Wine, alcoholic beverages, coffee and etc are strong irritants and should be avoided.

L – Let the client shift to mechanical soft diet first before launching this diet. The process of shifting the diet to cold liquids should be gradual.

D – Duration of the diet should only be two to three days to avoid risking your health condition. A high protein beverage can be served between meals to provide nutrients needed by the body.

Food Selection Guide

Before proceeding to the actual diet it is imperative to plan and choose liquids that are excellent sources of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. Enumerated below are the lists of foods allowed and avoided in a cold liquid diet.

Foods Allowed:

  1. Fresh fruit juice – iced or cold
  2. Commercial fruit juices – iced or cold
  3. Blended fresh fruits – fresh or cold
  4. Fruit shake – iced or cold
  5. All chilled milk
  6. Dairy or non-dairy chilled yogurt
  7. Cold thin cereal as a rice substitute
  8. Any cold thin soup
  9. Plain ice cream
  10. Popsies
  11. Plain sherbet
  12. Cold soft custard
  13. Cold jello or gelatin

Foods NOT Allowed:

  1. All solid, hard and hot foods
  2. Wine and alcoholic beverages
  3. All hot beverages
  4. Tea and coffee
  5. Strong-flavored fruit juices

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Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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