My research focuses on thickened beverages. Thickened beverages are for those
with dysphagia, a condition experienced most frequently post surgery. These
patients cannot swallow water or similar beverages because the fluids go into their
lungs causing choking. The goal of my research was to take a thick beverage and
make it thirst quenching. Some describe thirst quenching as refreshing, or said
another way, after you drink something you are not thirsty anymore.Most people
would say that thick beverages are not thirst quenching or palatable, thus the
problem I wanted to solve in my research. I designed six different thick beverages
with varying ingredients and temperatures that would possibly quench thirst.My
research included a taste test where 42 people participated by consumingmy six
beverages and answering questions pertaining to their thirst quenching ability.
The variations of the beverages in this study did not significantly improve the thirst
quenching ability of the thickened beverage.