Can you eat with a feeding tube?

If you’re reading this article, then chances are you or someone close to you is in the market for an alternative method of eating. While there’s no shame in relying on a feeding tube, it’s only natural to wonder if your diet options will be severely limited. To answer this question succinctly: yes, one can certainly eat with a feeding tube.

What Is A Feeding Tube?

But first things first. If you’ve landed on this page without prior context: what exactly is a feeding tube? Well, it’s pretty much what it sounds like – a small flexible tube that goes through the nose or other pathways to the stomach or intestine directly. Typically inserted surgically, they’re commonly used for patients who have difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy/radiation treatment affecting their appetite and digestive system, premature infants who lack developed lungs and must rely mostly on nutrients supplied intravenously until farther along post-delivery hospitalization rather than breastfeeding etc.

Types Of Feeding Tubes

There are different types of feeding tubes depends upon their usage and patient preferences:

  • Nasogastric
  • Gastrostomy
  • Jejunostomy
  • Gastro-Jejunostomy

Each has its preferential placement site depending upon comfort/discomfort level with each position as well as intended function.

How does It Work?

So here’s how it works; food formulae come packaged up in big bags containing all required fats, sugars, nutrients, minerals, fiber etc., which gets pumped into your body via the tubing using either gravity drip bag/intermittent syringes/electric pump per doctor’s prescription.- And Voila! Your nourishment requirements would seem to materialize from the comfort of whatever resting position preferred by human kind!

But Wait…Can You Eat Real Food?

Now, on to the question of eating real food. Technically speaking: yes. With a feeding tube in place you can maintain significant nutrition from processed and solid meals due to finely blended edible products known as blenderized formula options.

Blenderized Formula Options

These (legal!) liquefied diets contain mashed up food items that are consumed primarily through nasogastric tubes either commercially purchased or made at home depending upon patient preferences/Doctor recommendations.

Some reasons why people opt for blenderized foods:

  • It’s organic
  • Cost-effective
  • Better absorption due presence of live enzymes etc
  • Helps with issues such as constipation/frequent vomiting

But what about taste?

Taste is still possible! The trick is for each individual recipe to be highly customizable by adjusting proportioning accordingly–similar to those regular recipes using assorted kinds fruits/vegetables/spices/, proteins/carbs etc. obtained then mashed up into liquid form before being fed via the preferred method determined by one’s doctor or specialist dietitian.

And contrary to popular belief, some say re-learning how certain preparation methods traditionally considered ‘solid’ have morphed into forms than don’t need teeth can offer greater appreciation & enjoyment along with ease of digestion!


In conclusion, while I cannot speak off-handily regarding personal experience when it comes down there, rest assured that having a feeding tube does not come between enjoying nourishment derived more conventionally or even indulging in nibbles here and there too, so long as they are purposefully homogenously blended first! You just gotta blend things up first…but who doesn’t love a good smoothie?