Low Fiber/Low Residue Diet

A low fiber/low residue diet is designed to reduce the frequency, volume, and bulk of stools while it prolongs intestinal transit time. In certain medical conditions (Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids etc.) and/or before and after abdominal/intestinal surgeries or cancer treatments it is important to restrict fiber intake and avoid foods that increase bowel activity. This diet may also be used to treat diarrhea and to reduce the possibility of intestinal blockage when the intestines are narrowed for any reason. A low residue diet typically contains less than 10 grams of fiber per day. Extended use of this diet may not provide required amounts of vitamin C, calcium, and folic acid because of the lack of fruits and vegetables. Supplements may therefore be recommended. It is also important to stay well hydrated, especially during active disease. Many low fiber/low residue products are available in the health food or organic sections of most grocery stores.

Foods to Include:

Grain Products:

Fruits:

Vegetables

Meat and Protein Choice:

Dairy:

Foods to avoid: