THICK & EASY® Products: Making Swallowing Easier

Fri, Apr 6, 2012

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Now it’s easy to find nutritious, flavorful foods with the right texture for a modified diet. Hormel Health Labs continues to expand its product line to offer the most extensive group of products for individuals with swallowing disorders, known as dysphagia. No one else in the world offers such a broad product line to treat dysphagia. From purees to thickened beverages and everything in between, we’ve got you covered!

The introduction of THICK & EASY® in 1988 has literally changed the way pureed foods are thickened and formed, and served in virtually every nursing home in the United States as well as several dozen countries around the world. They are conveniently available online at, and at 75+ Walgreens Drugstores.

THICK & EASY® Products: Why they work

Foods that have been thickened with THICK & EASY® products accomplish two significant things, which help swallowing-impaired patients. First, in being converted to a mashed potato consistency, the food becomes dense and cohesive, which eliminates the problem of thin pureed food running down the throat and into the lungs. Since THICK & EASY® products bind all of the liquid in the pureed foods with the food pulp, the risk of unbound liquid running down the throat is virtually eliminated.

Second, THICK & EASY® products add height and texture to pureed foods, which creates a more visually appealing presentation. Since an important part of the dining experience is that we “eat with our eyes,” the psychological status and appetite of a patient can be significantly improved with attractive plate presentations of pureed foods.

THICK & EASY® Instant Food & Beverage Thickeners

Making the right thickness of liquids and foods for people with swallowing problems has never been easier! THICK & EASY® Instant Food & Beverage Thickener blends quickly and smoothly to make the desired consistency. It is available in multiple sizes to meet your needs. The single serve packets are pre- portioned to be mixed with 4 ounces of fluid to make nectar or honey consistency.

  • THICK & EASY® food thickeners are agglomerated, modified food starch that mixes easily with any type of pure food or liquid without lumping.
  • THICK & EASY ® products will not over-thicken, nor will they add any flavor or taste to the food.
  • In addition, THICK & EASY® products are freeze-thaw stable, so that it can be added to pureed foods, frozen, and then reheated without losing any consistency.
  • THICK & EASY® products convert foods from an applesauce consistency to a mashed potato consistency, and liquids to a pudding-like consistency. It also greatly expands the types of pureed food, which can be served to patients with swallowing problems.

THICK & EASY® PLUS Instant Food & Beverage Thickeners

It provides the convenience and swallowing benefits of THICK & EASY® Instant Food & Beverage Thickener plus 18 essential vitamins and minerals. One tablespoon provides 10 percent of most nutrients and can quickly add up to meet your recommended nutrient requirements.

THICK & EASY® Thickened Coffee & Tea

Each packet is pre-portioned to yield one 6-ounce serving of coffee or tea. Just add six ounces of water, stir and serve. Decaffeinated coffee and tea are used as to not contribute to the potential for dehydration.

THICK & EASY® Thickened Juices & Drinks

Delicious and ready to drink, they are available in a single serve or a multiple use container in both nectar and honey consistencies. All the flavor varieties contain 100 percent of the RDA for Vitamin C. HYDROLYTE® Thickened Water flavored with lemon to provide a thirst quenching beverage.

THICK & EASY® Thickened Dairy

It is available in a single serve or a multiple use container in both nectar and honey consistencies. Made with two percent milk fortified with vitamins A and D, it provides the same nutritional benefits as regular milk.

THICK & EASY® Instantized Pasta & Rice

It is possible to achieve the pureed texture of real pasta and rice without the time consuming and messy process of preparing it yourself. The directions are easy to use and the only ingredients needed are THICK & EASY® Instantized Pasta or Rice and THICK & EASY® Instant Food & Beverage Thickener.

THICK & EASY® Pureed Bread Mix

This easy-to-use mix is an option for a side dish, part of a main entrée or even a dessert. The only other ingredient needed to make our pureed bread is water, with no cooking necessary. We make it easy to prepare eye-appealing pureed dishes.


Successfully combining flavor and function in eye-appealing presentations, our thickened foods enhance the puree diet. Options include:

  • Scrambled eggs with potatoes, cheese and bacon
  • Maple cinnamon french toast
  • Italian style lasagna with meat sauce
  • Homestyle beef with potatoes and corn
  • Roasted chicken with potatoes and carrots
  • Roasted turkey with bread stuffing and green beans


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