Low-Fiber Diet

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A low-fiber diet is for people who need to rest their intestinal tract. A low-fiber diet limits the amount of food waste that has to move through the large intestine.

Foods Recommended Foods to Avoid

Breads, Cereal, Rice and Pasta:

  • White bread, rolls, biscuits, and croissant, melba toast
  • Waffles, French toast, and pancakes
  • White rice, noodles, pasta, macaroni and peeled cooked potatoes
  • Plain crackers, Saltines
  • Cooked cereals: farina, Cream of Rice
  • Cold cereals: Puffed Rice, Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes, and Special K

Breads, Cereal, Rice and Pasta:

  • Breads or rolls with nuts, seeds or fruit
  • Whole wheat, pumpernickel, rye breads and cornbread
  • Potatoes with skin, brown or wild rice, and kasha (buckwheat)

Vegetables:

Tender cooked and canned vegetables without seeds: carrots, asparagus tips, green or wax beans, pumpkin, spinach, lima beans

Vegetables:

  • Raw or steamed vegetables
  • Vegetables with seeds
  • Sauerkraut
  • Winter squash, peas, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, onions, cauliflower, baked beans, peas and corn

Fruits:

  • Strained fruit juice
  • canned fruit, except pineapple
  • ripe bananas
  • melons

Fruits:

  • prunes and prune juice
  • raw or dried fruit
  • all berries, figs, dates and raisins

Milk/Dairy:

  • milk, plain or flavored
  • yogurt, custard, and ice cream
  • cheese and cottage cheese

Milk/Dairy:

  • Yogurt with nuts or seeds

Meat and other proteins:

  • ground, wellcooked tender beef, lamb, ham, veal, pork, fish, poultry, and organ meats
  • eggs
  • peanut butter without nuts

Meat and other proteins:

  • tough, fibrous meats with gristle
  • dry beans, peas, and lentils
  • peanut butter with nuts
  • Tofu

Fats, Snack, Sweets, Condiments, and Beverages:

  • Margarine, butter, oils, mayonnaise, sour cream, and salad dressing
  • Plain gravies
  • Sugar, clear jelly, honey, and syrup
  • Spices, cooked herbs, bouillon, broth, and soups made with allowed vegetables
  • Coffee, tea, and carbonated drinks
  • Plain cakes and cookies
  • Gelatin, plain puddings, custard, ice cream, sherbet, Popsicles
  • Hard candy or pretzels
  • Ketchup, mustard

Fats, Snack, Sweets, Condiments, and Beverages:

  • Nuts, seeds, and coconut
  • Jam, marmalade, and preserves
  • Pickles, olives, relish, and horseradish
  • All desserts containing nuts, seeds, dried fruit, coconut, or made from whole grains or bran
  • Candy made with nuts or seeds
  • popcorn
Rev 06/16/2010