Nutrition and Stroke 

Having the right nutrition is important to your recovery.

  • A registered dietitian (RD) can assist you with your nutritional needs based on your current condition and your medical history.
  • Your diet may be modified in texture and consistency to ensure safe swallowing after a stroke.
  • If eating by mouth is not safe, your doctor may recommend tube feeding.
  • If long-term tube feeding is needed, an RD can teach you and your family how to manage tube feeding at home.





Healthy eating habits are an important part of reducing your risk of another stroke.

  • Eat right
  • Control portions to maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat fewer calories (limit fried foods and desserts)
  • Add more nutritious foods (whole grains and fibers)
  • Aim for five servings of fruit and vegetables
  • Select more low-fat protein foods (beans, fish and poultry)
  • Limit red meat, even if it is lean
  • Shop Smart - Read nutrition labels carefully
  • Avoid convenient foods (which are high in salt)
  • Limit your salt intake to 2000-2300mg (about one teaspoon) per day
  • Limit cholesterol intake to 300mg per day
  • Check with your doctor before drinking alcohol