7 Best Food & Drink Thickening Products

Kiera Powell, R.N.
Verified by Kiera Powell, R.N. and written by Chad Birt on Mon Jun 28 2021.
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Many seniors experience dysphagia—or difficulty swallowing—due to the natural aging process, neurological disorders, or cancer. Without intervention and treatment, dysphagia can make snack and mealtimes difficult, while preventing your loved one from getting the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients they need to thrive. Fortunately, food and drink thickening products can make eating and drinking easier.

If you’re trying to determine the food and drink thickening products that will most benefit your loved one, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we’ve listed seven of our top sellers. 

1) Resource® ThickenUp®, food and beverage thickener.

Resource ThickenUp is one of the newest additions to It’s a patented, concentrated thickening formula made from xanthan gum that’s suitable for all diets. ThickenUp can be mixed with almost any food or liquid and is safe for adults and children ages three and up. 

Key benefits and features:

  • Gluten and lactose-free

  • Kosher

  • Provides nutritional support for individuals with dysphagia

  • Unflavored 

2) Thick-It®, food and drink thickener, 10 oz.

Thick-It is the world’s first healthcare food-thickening product. It launched in 1987 and has been the go-to thickening agent for many caregivers ever since. Thick-It has a cornstarch base and can be mixed into hot or cold foods and beverages. It’s unflavored, dissolves instantly, and is easy to digest.

Key benefits and features:

  • Does not change the appearance or taste of food and liquid

  • Gluten-free

  • Kosher Pareve

  • Easy to use

  • Safe for children between the ages of 3-12 (with a doctor’s supervision)

3) Thick & Easy®, food and beverage thickener.

Thick & Easy food and beverage thickener by Hormel comes in a fine powder that’s easy to mix and doesn’t clump. It’s made with modified starch, which doesn’t alter flavor or texture. 

Key benefits and features:

  • Blends easily with hot or cold foods and beverages

  • Low in calories and carbohydrates

  • Suitable for almost any diet

  • Gluten and lactose-free

  • Kosher

Recommended reading:  What is Thick Water?What are Food and Drink Thickeners?

4) Resource®: ThickenUp®, food and drink thickener, individual packets.

ThickenUp doesn’t just come in a canister. You can order it individually packaged, too. Each ThickenUp package contains a clear sachet bag with blank spaces to document the date, your loved one’s name, and other necessary information for proper dispensing. 

Key benefits and features:

  • Reduces the risk of aspiration in people who experience difficulty swallowing

  • Doesn’t change the flavor of foods or beverages its mixed into

  • Gluten and lactose-free

  • Mixes quickly and easily without forming lumps

5) Thick-It®, food and beverage thickener, unconcentrated 36 oz.

If your loved one needs to thicken all of their drinks and meals, you’ll need a bigger container. This 36 oz. canister of Thick-It contains significantly more powder than its 10 oz. counterpart (See #1). The formula is exactly the same—there’s just more of it. You can order a single canister or a case of six.

Key benefits and features:

  • Easy to digest

  • Can be mixed into hot or cold foods and beverages

  • Gluten-free

  • Kosher Pareve

  • Dissolves instantly

6) Thick and Easy®, ready-to-use thickened beverage, cranberry cocktail.

If you’re in a rush and don’t have time to thicken a drink, give your loved one a pre-thickened beverage like this ready-to-use cranberry cocktail from Thick and Easy. One case contains 24 pre-packed cups, perfect for hydration on the go.

Key benefits and features:

  • Each cup is ready to use and already thickened

  • Cranberry flavored

  • Nectar consistency

  • Provides 100% of the recommended daily requirement for vitamin C

7) Thick-It®, puree ready to use, beef stew flavor, 15 oz.

If your loved one requires a diet of pureed foods, Thick-It’s line of ready-to-use meals is an excellent addition to the pantry. This puree features slowly simmered beef, potatoes, carrots, green peas, and celery. There’s no pre-prep required and each can contains five servings.

Key benefits and features:  

  • Fully cooked

  • Shelf-stable

  • Makes lunch or dinner easy, flavorful, and hassle-free

  • Great taste, reliable consistency

Recommended reading: Pureed Food for Adults. 

To browse our entire selection, visit Carewell’s home page, click “shop by,” “nutrition,” and then “food additives,” or simply click here.   If you have questions about food and drink thickeners (or any other product we carry), contact our Caregiving Specialists at any time. Call (855) 855-1666 or send an email to

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Chad Birt
Chad Birt

Chad Birt is a freelance B2B and B2C medical writer who resides in Astoria, Oregon. When he isn't behind a keyboard, you can find him hiking, camping, or birdwatching with his wife Ella and their two dogs, Diane and Thoreau.