Low Fiber/Residue diet

Dietary fiber is an important component of a well-balanced diet. It helps us stay regular and regulates how we absorb nutrients.

Fiber is also called roughage because it’s hard to digest. For certain people, a high fiber diet can cause discomfort and problems. For example, people with wounds in their colon may find high fiber foods too rough. This may include people who have recently had abdominal surgery and those with colitis and diverticulitis. For others, too much fiber can cause bloating and gas.

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About This Diet

Foods that are restricted include:
Berries and fruits eaten with seeds.
Whole grains.
Leafy or seedy herbs and spices.
Nuts and seeds, especially eaten whole or chunky.
Other foods that are rough in texture or high in fiber content.

Foods that are OK include:
Refined grain products.
Oils and fats.
Meats, poultry and fish.

Tips to help produce lovers tolerate fiber-rich foods:
Remove skin and seeds from produce.
Cook produce longer to break it down.
Puree or blend food to a smooth consistency.
Use herb and spice powders instead of whole versions.
Choose finer flour textures over rougher meals and semolinas.

Note: Consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.

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