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Low Fiber Diet

Low Fiber Diet

Description

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.

Sample Menu

Menu for One Day

Breakfast
1/2 c orange juice
1 2-inch slice cornbread
1 egg (poached or egg substitute)
1 tsp margarine or butter
1/2 c skim milk, or milk - 2% fat
Hot, noncaloric beverage

Lunch

1 c tomato juice1 tsp margarine or butter
2 oz broiled chicken1 banana
1/2 c mashed potatoes1 c yogurt - lowfat plain or
1/2 c steamed zucchiniyogurt - nonfat plain
1 slice rye bread



Dinner

1/2 c apple juice2 tsp oil & vinegar dressing
3 oz broiled halibut1 slice rye bread
1/2 c white rice1 tsp margarine or butter
1/2 c steamed spinach1/2 c skim milk or milk - 2% fat
Hot, noncaloric beverage1 c Boston lettuce & peeled, seeded tomatoes



Total Calories For The Day: 1,555

Nutrient Content:

Calories:1555Fat:31%
Protein:12%Cholesterol:340mg
Carbohydrate:57%Fiber:17g



Food Exchange List

Bread and Cereal Exchange List: 4 or more servings/day

Recommended

Refined wheat breadRefined pasta
Rye breadRefined rice
RollsPotato
CrackersPureed sweet corn
Lima beansRefined cooked or ready-to-eat cereal



Avoid

Whole wheat breadBeans (dried)
Whole wheat cerealsGreen peas
LentilPopcorn
Brown riceSweet corn
Any baked products with seeds or nuts



Fat Exchange List: as needed; moderation advised

Recommended
All fats not noted below

Avoid

NutsOlives
Fried foodsHigh-fat gravy



Fruit Exchange List: 2-3 servings/day

Recommended
All strained fruit juices except prune juice
Canned or cooked fruits without seeds or tough skin, except prunes
Banana
Citrus fruits without skin

Avoid
All others

Meat and Meat Substitute Exchange List: 4-6 servings/day

Recommended

Meat Cottage cheese
PoultryShellfish
FishCreamy peanut butter
Mild-flavored cheeses, such as mozzarella



Avoid
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

Recommended
Milk and milk products
Yogurt

Avoid
None

Vegetable Exchange List: 2-3 servings/day

Recommended

All vegetable juicesRomaine lettuce
Boston lettuceTomato (without skin and seeds)
Cooked or canned mild-flavored vegetables such as eggplant, acorn squash (without seeds) and spinach



Avoid
All vegetables which are not recommended especially:

ParsnipRutabaga
BroccoliBrussels sprout
CabbageOnion
Carrot Turnip
CauliflowerZucchini



Miscellaneous Exchange List

Recommended

CoffeeBroth
Tea - BlackCereal beverages



Avoid

Chili sauceSeed spices
CoconutBlack pepper - ground



Note: Include 6-8 cups of fluids, such as water, per day.

References

Alpers, D.H., R.E. Clouse & W.F. Stenson. 1983. Manual of Nutritional Therapeutics. Little, Brown, and Company, Boston. 457 pp.

American Cancer Society. Facts on Prostate Cancer.

Chicago Dietetic Association and the South Suburban Dietetic Association of Cook and Will counties. 1981. Manual of Clinical Dietetics. W. B. Saunders Co., Philadelphia.

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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