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Volume II
November 10, 2007

Low-Residue Diet

Can you please help me with a "restricted residue diet"?


Hello, Here is some information regarding a low-residue diet:

Low Residue Diet

The low residue diet is very similar to the low fiber diet, however they are not exactly the same diet. The low residue diet is often prescribed to those suffering from bowel diseases, such as irritable bowel syndrome. There are several types of low residue diets, but there are very similar. When you follow a low residue diet, your doctor can help you find low residue diet recipes and can recommend foods in the low residue diet.

What is the Low Residue Diet?

When you need to follow a high risk residue diet or a restrictive residue diet, you will need to take in less than 10 grams of fiber per day. This means that you will need to read every label on all the foods you eat so that you can keep track of your fiber intake. A residue fiber restricted diet will have a list of many foods that will be off limits.

A low residue fiber diet is not always easy to follow, but if your doctor has recommended a low residue diet, you will need to carefully follow it. In addition, when you are a low residue fiber diet, your doctor might prescribe a vitamin supplement during the time you are on the diet. If you have other health concerns, such as diabetes, your doctor will help you located a low residue diabetic diet. A low residue diet and a diabetic diet will need to compliment each other.

Foods on a Low Residue Diet

When you follow a low residue diet, you will need to watch everything that you eat. You will need to avoid high fiber breads, such as wheat. Instead, you will opt for enriched and refined baked products such as white bread and buns. Many dry cereals are also high in fiber; so cereal such as rice krispies and cornflakes will be a good choice. Also, when you follow a low residue diet, all fruit juices are okay to drink with the exception of prune juice. You can eat potatoes, but they must be peeled. Also, you will need to avoid all raw and dry fruit such as raisins and cranberries. Applesauce and bananas are acceptable. Vegetable juices are also allowed on a low residue diet.

Hope this helps,

Desi @ DVO

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