FAQ On Low Residue Diet

What is the Low Fiber/LOw residue Diet?

Low Residue Diet is a kind of diet plan which is low in fiber. Your fiber consumption will be reduced to something around 10-15 gm per day, as guided by your doctor. 

Why People Go on Low Residue Diet?

Those with diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, colitis ulcerative or inflammation of the bowel generally should consume a low-fiber diet or a low residue diet. A low residue or low fiber diet is normally suggested after some type of operation, such as ileostomy or colostomy.

Is Alcohol Allowed On Low Residue Diet?

No, Alcohol is not Allowed on a Low Residue Diet.

What Is Colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy may be used to find bowel or colon polyps and diagnose causes such as unexplained diarrhea, abdominal pain or stool blood.

Can I Drink Before And After Colonoscopy?

You cannot consume alcohol 24 hours before the procedure and similarly you cannot consume alcohol after 24 hours of your procedure. Before 2-4 hours of your test, you are not allowed to take any kind of liquid.

What Is Diverticulosis?

When the natural sites of your colon are weak, diverticula generally grow under pressure. This creates the colon wall through marble-sized bags. Diverticulitis happens when it tears diverticula that leads to inflammation or infection or both.

What Can I Drink On A Low Fiber Diet?

You can include these drinks into your low fiber diet-

  • Water (Normal or Flavoured)
  • Milk (2cups maximum per day)
  • Coffee (1 cup per day)
  • Fruit Drinks
  • Herbal Tea 

What Can I Eat On A Low Fiber Diet?

These food items can be included-

  • Eggs
  • Lean protein like beef, chicken, pork, etc.
  • Fruits like apples, bananas, papayas, peaches (without seeds fruits).
  • Yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese, milk
  • Wgite bread with no nuts or seeds
  • Refined pasta, noodles
  • White rice

What Food Items Should Be Avoided?

Avoid these food items from your diet-

  • Whole grain wheat, pastas
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Nuts, seeds
  • Bran cereals
  • Fruit juices with pulp and seeds
  • Legumes, lentils

Can Someone Adopt This Diet For Lifetime?

No, The low fiber diet can be followed for only specified time as directed by your doctor and after that you need to start adding small quantity of fiber gradually into your diet.

Why Can’t Someone Adopt This Diet For Lifetime?

Fiber is a major nutrient for your body which is needed for proper functioning and to live disease free. When you are low on fiber you are more prone to diseases, so it is not possible to be on this diet plan for lifetime.

For How Much Time, This Diet Plan Should Be Followed?

You can follow this diet for around a maximum time of 2-3 months, but this is applicable to some cases only for a better view on this question, you have to consult your doctor. He can only decide after examining you that how much time you need to be on this diet plan.