When you are on a low-fiber diet, you will eat foods that do not have much fiber and are easy to digest. Eating these foods may slow down your bowel movements. This helps decrease:
This diet can include foods you are used to eating, like cooked vegetables, fruits, white breads, and meats. It does NOT include foods that make your bowels work more, such as:
Your goal is to eat less than 10 to 15 grams of fiber each day.
This diet gives you:
you need. But because this diet does not have the variety of foods that your body normally needs to stay healthy, you may have to take supplements, such as a multi-vitamin. Check with your doctor.
You may need to be on a low-fiber diet if you have conditions such as:
Sometimes people are put on this diet after certain kinds of surgery, such as an ileostomy or colostomy. You may need to follow this diet only for a short time or for the rest of your life. Your doctor may refer you to a dietitian for help with meal planning.
Here are some of the foods recommended for a low-fiber diet. It is still possible for some of these foods to upset your system. Talk to your doctor or dietitian about your diet and any signs that foods are making your problem worse.
Breads and grains:
Vegetables: You may eat these vegetables raw:
You can eat these vegetables if they are well-cooked or canned (without seeds). You can also drink juices made from them if they do not contain seeds or pulp:
DO NOT eat any vegetable that is not on the list above. DO NOT eat vegetables raw that are okay to eat cooked. DO NOT eat fried vegetables. Avoid vegetables and sauces with seeds, such as tomato sauce.
Fats, oils, and sauces:
Other foods and drinks:
Fiber diet - low-residue; Low-fiber diet; Fiber restricted diet
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