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Chef don asked...

Can i cook good food for a stroke patient? Do these foods change with time?

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James Castle, M.D. is a neurologist at NorthShore University HealthSystem (affiliated with The University of Chicago) and an expert on strokes.

The first thing to consider is whether or not the patient is safe to swallow all foods. If they have a swallowing dysfunction because of their stroke, you will need to have their physician order a "swallowing study" to make sure that they are safe to eat all consistencies of food. Some patients are only able to eat pureed foods, if at all.

That said, if they are safe to eat, then it is best to cook foods that are low in cholesterol and salt. If they are diabetic, best to stay away from processed sugars. Lean protein - from low fat milk, turkey, beans, or fish - are best. Vegetables and fruits are always good. Processed foods should be limited, and try to avoid adding salt, butter, and oil unnecessarily. A standard set of meals would be a breakfast of low sugar cereal with sliced bananas, fruit, or raisins; a lunch of a healthy turkey sandwich; and dinner of rice, beans, and mixed vegetables.

Good luck!