For those with dysphagia (impaired swallowing), creating the proper consistency of pureed foods and liquids is crucial. Makes pureed foods more appetizing and palatable by adding texture, thickness and height; quickly and easily turns "applesauce" texture into "mashed potato" texture without changing the taste. Leaves no aftertaste. Just a few teaspoons of thickener needed per meal.
When having trouble swallowing following strokes and other medical ailments sometimes by thickening the food it can make swallowing easier and reduces the chances ot choking. Liquids and hard, tough foods are the most difficult to swallow for those with this problem.