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Low Fiber Diet


The Low Fiber Diet is composed of foods that are low in residue content. This diet 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, higher fiber diets have 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.



1/2 cup orange juice 1 egg (poached or egg substitute
1/2 cup skim milk or milk (2% fat) 1 two-inch slice of corn bread
1 teaspoon margarine or butter Hot, non-caloric beverage


1 cup tomato juice 2 ounces broiled chicken
1/2 cup mashed potatoes 1/2 cup steamed zucchini
1 slice rye bread 1 banana
1 teaspoon margarine or butter 1 cup yogurt made from skim milk or milk (2% fat)


1/2 cup apple juice 3 ounces broiled halibut
1/2 cup white rice 1/2 cup steamed spinach
1 cup Boston lettuce and peeled, seeded tomatoes 2 teaspoons oil and vinegar dressing
1 slice rye bread 1 teaspoon margarine or butter
1/2 cup skim milk or milk (2% fat) Hot, non-caloric beverage

Nutrient Content

Calories: 1555

Protein: 12%

Carbohydrates: 57%

Fat: 31%

Cholesterol: 340 mg

Fiber: 17 g


Bread and Cereal Exchange List:

4 or more servings per day


• Refined wheat bread Rye bread

• Rolls • Crackers

• Refined pastas • Refined rice

• Potatoes • Pureed corn

• Lima beans • Refined cooked or ready-to-eat cereals


• Whole wheat bread • Whole wheat cereals

• Brown rice • Beans (dried)

• Green peas • Lentils

• Corn • Popcorn

• Any baked products with seeds or nuts

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Fat Exchange List


All fats not noted below


• Nuts • Olives • Fried foods • High-fat gravy

Fruit Exchange List:

2 to 3 servings per day


• 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 to 6 servings per day


• Meat • Poultry

• Fish • Shellfish

• Cottage cheese • Creamy peanut butter

• Mild-flavored cheeses, such as mozzarella


• Meat with tough connective tissue, such as:

• Beef flank steak • Shellfish with tough connective tissue

• Smoke, salted, or highly seasoned meats

• Strong-flavored cheeses, such as:

•Limburger • Sharp Cheddar cheese


Milk Exchange List:

2 servings per day

Recommended: • Milk and milk products • Yogurt

Avoid: None

Vegetable Exchange List:

2 to 3 servings per day


• Vegetable juices • Romaine lettuce

• Boston lettuce • Tomato (without skin and seeds)

• Cooked or canned mild-flavored vegetables such as:

• Eggplant Acorn squash (without seeds) • Spinach

Avoid: All vegetables which are not recommended, especially:

• Rutabaga • Broccoli

• Brussels sprouts • Cabbage

• Onions • Carrots

• Turnips • Cauliflower

• Zucchini

Miscellaneous Exchange List


• Broth • Coffee

• Tea • Cereal beverages


• Chili sauce • Seed spices

• Coconut • Pepper


Include 6 to 8 cups of fluids, such as water, per day.

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