The stomach is a muscular sac that is important for absorbing food and preparing food for further digestion.
Liquid diet refers to a mode of nutrition where the diet is composed of liquid food. A diet qualifies as being liquid if the foods taken are liquid at room temperature or transform to liquid at room temperature, e.g. ice cream. A liquid diet is easier to swallow and to digest as compared to the solid foods. Mechanical breakdown of the food prior to ingestion contributes to the ease in digestion of liquid food. Medically, a liquid diet can be prescribed on a number of occasions. It is recommended prior to certain radiological exams such as barium studies to enhance the diagnostic value of the exam. It is also the diet of choice prior to a surgical procedure. Patient may be put on liquid diet post surgery involving the gut. In esophageal disease, resultant dysphagia makes liquid diet a viable option of delivering nutrients to the body. It is essential to supplement vitamins and mineral with liquid diet if it is taken for more than 3 weeks.