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Leveling Up Dysphagia Nutrition — The IDDSI Standard for Level 3 Liquids

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Confused about terms like “Moderately Thick,” “Level 3,” or “the IDDSI* Framework?” You’re certainly not alone. To help you gain more confidence in the kitchen, we developed the second installment in our educational video series, Leveling Up Dysphagia Nutrition.

In the second short video, Samantha Estes, RD will demonstrate the testing methods and proper consistency for IDDSI Moderately Thick, Level 3 liquids. Previously known as honey consistency, Moderately Thick, Level 3 liquids can be sipped from a cup or eaten exclusively with a spoon.

Watch the video below to learn how to test a Moderately Thick, Level 3 liquid using a 10-milliliter slip tip syringe.

Visit our website for more dysphagia care resources, including our next video on the Extremely Thick, Level 4, Puréed testing, or sign up for our mailing list to get the next video sent straight to your inbox.

*Thick-It® brand is a gold sponsor of IDDSI. This article is NOT an official IDDSI resource, educational material, or education program, and it is NOT meant to replace materials and resources on

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