Many sick persons thrive better on a soft diet than on a fluid one. This is particularly true for those persons who dislike milk. A soft diet is the first step after the fluid diet and may, if necessary, replace it.

Foods for a soft or semi-solid diet are: Toast made with milk, cream, water, or beef juice; custards, whips, junket, gelatins, soft puddings; omelets, soft-cooked eggs; thoroughly cooked, strained cereals.