Low Fiber Diet
Low Fiber Diet
The Low Fiber Diet is composed of foods low in residue content. It therefore reduces fecal mass and avoids intestinal pressure. This diet is sometimes used in the treatment of chronic diarrhea, colitis and other gastrointestinal disorders, although more recently, a high fiber diet has been employed for these purposes. This diet is very useful for pre- and post-operative abdominal surgery.
As long as milk or yogurt can be tolerated by the patient, the Low Fiber Diet is adequate in all nutrients according to the RDA, except iron for females.
1 c tomato juice 1 tsp margarine or butter 2 oz broiled chicken 1 banana 1/2 c mashed potatoes 1 c yogurt - lowfat plain or 1/2 c steamed zucchini yogurt - nonfat plain 1 slice rye bread
1/2 c apple juice 2 tsp oil & vinegar dressing 3 oz broiled halibut 1 slice rye bread 1/2 c white rice 1 tsp margarine or butter 1/2 c steamed spinach 1/2 c skim milk or milk - 2% fat Hot, noncaloric beverage 1 c Boston lettuce & peeled, seeded tomatoes
Calories: 1555 Fat: 31% Protein: 12% Cholesterol: 340mg Carbohydrate: 57% Fiber: 17g
Food Exchange List
Bread and Cereal Exchange List: 4 or more servings/day
Refined wheat bread Refined pasta Rye bread Refined rice Rolls Potato Crackers Pureed sweet corn Lima beans Refined cooked or ready-to-eat cereal
Whole wheat bread Beans (dried) Whole wheat cereals Green peas Lentil Popcorn Brown rice Sweet corn Any baked products with seeds or nuts
Fat Exchange List: as needed; moderation advised
All fats not noted below
Nuts Olives Fried foods High-fat gravy
Fruit Exchange List: 2-3 servings/day
All strained fruit juices except prune juice
Canned or cooked fruits without seeds or tough skin, except prunes
Citrus fruits without skin
Meat and Meat Substitute Exchange List: 4-6 servings/day
Meat Cottage cheese Poultry Shellfish Fish Creamy peanut butter Mild-flavored cheeses, such as mozzarella
Meat with tough connective tissue, such as beef flank steak
Shellfish with tough connective tissue
Smoked, salted, or highly seasoned meat
Strong-flavored cheeses, such as Limburger and Sharp Cheddar cheese
Milk exchange List: 2 servings/day
Milk and milk products
Vegetable Exchange List: 2-3 servings/day
All vegetable juices Romaine lettuce Boston lettuce Tomato (without skin and seeds) Cooked or canned mild-flavored vegetables such as eggplant, acorn squash (without seeds) and spinach
All vegetables which are not recommended especially:
Parsnip Rutabaga Broccoli Brussels sprout Cabbage Onion Carrot Turnip Cauliflower Zucchini
Miscellaneous Exchange List
Coffee Broth Tea - Black Cereal beverages
Chili sauce Seed spices Coconut Black pepper - ground
Note: Include 6-8 cups of fluids, such as water, per day.
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Committee of Dietetics of the Mayo Clinic. 1971. Mayo Clinic Diet Manual, 4th ed. W. B. Saunders Co., Philadelphia. 67 pp.
Iowa Dietetics Association. 1984. Simplified Diet Manual: with Meal Patterns, 5th ed. Iowa State University Press; Ames, Iowa. 108 pp.
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