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Mom has lost her sense of smell, how can I still make food appealing to her?

Status: Open    Sep 25, 2014 - 09:20 PM

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Mar 04, 2015 - 09:00 AM

My husband had the same thing. He had no sense of taste or smell, turning eating food an unpleasant chore, making him not want to eat at all. We started adding lots of color and textures with familar foods to our meals and that helped a lot.

For example, I'd make a salad and include all sorts of goodies with different colors & textures to the salad. Seeing the colors & textures made him not only say it looked appealing but as he'd crunch on a cruton or bite into a soft dried cranberry, he said that he could remember what those things tasted like and it almost brought the taste back for him. If I made mashed potatoes, I'd add crisp bacon crumbles and pockets of cheese for him to experience the senses he did have during a meal.
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