Low Residue Diet for Diverticulitis

September 2, 2017

Immediately after your liquid diet therapy, you are advised to follow a low residue or low fiber diet. A low residue diet limits the amount of dietary fiber and residue-providing food in your diet. Following a low residue diet is generally limited to one or two weeks. We recommend that you discuss your specific timeline for low residue diet with your physician.

Beverages

Allowed

Coffee, tea, decaf coffee and tea, cocoa, carbonated beverages, fruit flavored drinks without pulp.

Limit Consumption

Any beverages containing foods not allowed; alcoholic beverages

Breads and Cereals

Allowed

Refined white, light wheat or rye bread and rolls; saltines, or soda crackers.  All refined, cooked and ready-to-eat cereals (oats, wheat and rice) such as Wheathearts, Malt-O-Meal, Special K®, Cheerios®, Post Toasties.

Limit Consumption

Rolls with nuts, seeds, coconut or fruit not allowed; bread containing cracked wheat particles or whole seeds; coarse, dry cereals; any with bran or raisins. Graham crackers, corn bread.

Desserts

Allowed

All plain puddings, custards, tapioca, gelatin desserts, fruit whips, smooth ice cream, fruit ice, plain sherbet, yogurt, cake and cookies.

Limit Consumption

Rich pastry or cakes. Those with nuts, seeds, raisins, coconut, dates or fruits not allowed.

Eggs

Allowed

Eggs

Limit Consumption

Egg dishes prepared with ingredients not allowed.

Fruits and Fruit Juices

Allowed

Fruit juice without pulp. Canned: applesauce, cherries, fruit cocktail, peaches Fresh: bananas, cherries, grapefruit, melon, nectarine, peaches, plum

Limit Consumption

Fresh: pineapple, pears, apples, apricot, avocado, berries, mango, pear, dried dates, figs, prunes, raisins

Meat or Meat substitute

Allowed

Tender, broiled, stewed or creamed, roast beef, veal, lamb, pork, ham, poultry, fish, chopped clams, oysters, liver, kidneys; Cream cheese, cottage, American, cheddar, Swiss or jack cheese, smooth peanut butter.

Limit Consumption

Fried meats, fish or poultry; meats highly seasoned or containing whole spices; sausage, frankfurters. Strong cheeses or those containing seeds. Dried beans or peas, chunky peanut butter.

Soups

Allowed

Creamed soups with pureed or whole allowed vegetables; strained vegetable soups or chowders, meat or fish broths.

Limit Consumption

Highly seasoned soups or those containing ingredients other than on allowed list.

Vegetables and Vegetable Juice

Allowed

Cooked or canned artichoke hearts, asparagus, beets, carrots, chard, green and wax beans, bean sprouts, mushrooms, pimento, pumpkin. Fresh and cooked tomato (no seeds or skins), stewed, pastes, purees. Tomato juice. Limit vegetables to 2 servings/ per day.

Limit Consumption

All other raw, strongly flavored vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, summer squash, okra, Brussels sprouts, parsnips, rutabagas, turnips, onions, corn, baked beans). All others not listed as allowed.

Sample Daily Low Residue Meal Plan*

Breakfast

  • ½ cup fruit juice
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup cereal or 2 slices enriched white toast
  • 2 tsp. margarine
  • 1 cup low-fat milk

Lunch

  • 2 slices enriched white bread
  • 2 oz. meat
  • ½ cup vegetable
  • 1 tsp. margarine or mayo
  • 1 serving fruit or fruit dessert

Dinner

  • 3 oz. meat
  • ½ cup potato or substitute
  • ½ cup vegetable
  • 1 serving enriched white bread
  • 1 tsp. margarine
  • 1 serving dessert
  • 1 cup low-fat milk

*Information adapted from Manual of Clinical Dietetics, American Dietetic Association, 6th Edition, © 2000


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