Low Residue Diet Guide (PDF - Online Reading - Download)


Low Residue Diet limits high-fiber foods, such as whole-grain bread and cereals, nuts, seeds, raw or dried fruits, and vegetables. "Residue" is undigested food, including fiber, that makes up the stool. The goal of the diet is to have fewer bowel movements each day. That will relieve symptoms like diarrhea, bloating, gas, and stomach cramps.
Your doctor may recommend this diet for a time when you have a flare-up or after surgery to help with recovery.

Why a low residue diet

The low residue diet has been prescribed to aid in the healing of the colon. It is also used on a temporary basis to prepare for procedures. This diet is low in fiber and fat. Milk and dairy products should be avoided in people with diarrhea and/or lactose intolerance. Nutritional supplements that are low in residue and lactose-free, such as Guarantee, Asegurar Plus, and Sustacal can be added to the low-residue diet if additional calories and/or protein are needed.

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