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Low Fibre Diet

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Fibres are a vital component of your diet and are essential for regulating your bowel movements. Therefore, you must be wondering why a low fibre diet is recommended. We give you complete information on low fibre diet in the upcoming content...


What is low fibre diet?

Low fibre diet is also known as low residue diet. The insoluble fibres are the only undigested part of the foods (e.g. whole grains and vegetables) you consume which help in bowel formation. A low fibre diet entails eating foods that can be easily digested and such foods contain very less quantity of fibres. This further reduces the amount of undigested food excreted through your bowels.


Why is low fibre diet recommended?

Low fibre diet is recommended to people who have an intestinal disease or are unable to digest foods easily. It can tone down symptoms of the following health complications:

  •  Crohn’s disease
  •  Ulcerative colitis
  •  Chromic stomach cramping
  •  Diarrhoea
  •  Indigestion problems
  •  Intestinal Bowel Disease
  •  Diverticulitis
  •  Post operative problems of a digestive tract surgery

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Low fibre diet - Foods to eat

The diet is completely dependent on your stomach’s potential to tolerate fibres and the health condition for which you need low fibre diet.

Fruits and vegetables

You can eat pulpy fruits and vegetables having smooth texture. The peel, hull and the seeds must be removed and the vegetables should be cooked well. Make sure you follow these tips to enjoy eating squash, pumpkin, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, beet, spinach and other variety of low fibre canned vegetables.

Coming to fruits, you need to remember the same tips- i.e. remove the skin and seeds or you can have the clear juice free of fibres. Eat ripe bananas, soft cantaloupe, watermelon, and applesauce. Pulp free juices of fruits like oranges and cranberries are also safe.



When it comes to choosing grains, you have to be very particular and your doctor would impose several restrictions. Those with difficulty in digesting fibres are advised refined grains and they are easily digestible and are light. White rice, white bread rolls, soft muffins, and refined pasta, rice noodles, puffed rice, cream of rice, and similar other fibre-stripped grains are okay for you.

Milk and dairy products

Dairy products are devoid of fibres and you can have them unless you are lactose intolerant, suffering from diarrhoea or any other condition that can get worse with dairy. In this category, you can drink milk or eat eat ice creams, butter, mayonnaise, etc. only when permitted by your doctor. Eggs are also safe for consumption.


Lean and tender meat

No red meat. Moderate quantity of lean cut chicken and tender fish without the bones are likely to be allowed under low fibre diet.


Low fibre diet - foods to avoid

There are numerous foods that your doctor would limit consumption or ask you to stop eating until your condition is cured. You cannot eat raw vegetables or salads and dried fruits like dates, raisins, etc. or fibre loaded raw fruits like guava, berries, and pineapples. Nuts, seeds and whole grains like brown bread, wheat, brown rice, etc. should be strictly avoided.


Risk associated with low fibre diet

A low fibre diet is recommended only under a special medical condition. If you are a normal healthy person then you do not need follow this diet pattern. You may suffer from vitamin deficiency with eating fibre free foods for a long term. However, such health implications would be taken care of by your doctor and additional vitamin supplements may be given.

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: June 13, 1014

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