Printable Low Fiber Foods List
Fiber is beneficial to one’s health, and so many diet plans recommend consuming foods high in fiber.
The benefits of dietary fiber include regulating bowel movements, maintaining good colon health, and lowering cholesterol levels.
Foods rich in fiber also assist people in losing weight and regulating blood sugar.
However, doctors advise certain people experiencing specific digestive flare-ups to go from high-fiber to low-fiber diets in some instances.
What is a Low Fiber Diet?
A low-fiber or low-residue diet is a restrictive diet intended to “relax” the digestive system. It is a form of low-fiber diet followed by additional restrictions.
The diet is a short-term eating plan that patients regularly take until their digestive issues are over.
It is the remedy diet for people with a flare-up of inflammatory bowel disease and pre or post bowel surgery.
When acute diverticulitis flares up, doctors may prescribe a low-fiber diet to ease symptoms.
However, for long-term management of diverticular disease, a high-fiber diet is often recommended to prevent future flare-ups.
A low fiber diet is also helpful in minimizing stool accumulation in the intestines.
The goal of a low-residue diet is to minimize bowel movements and ease digestion by limiting fiber and certain foods.
Bowel symptoms such as stomach pain, cramps, bloating, and gas buildup are easily treatable with a low fiber diet.
A low fiber diet, along with any other that limits particular foods, could be accountable for reducing the consumption of vital minerals and vitamins.
Supplementing with calcium, potassium, folic acid, and vitamin C might be required when following a low-fiber diet to ensure nutritional needs are met.
It’s advised for individuals on a low-fiber diet to limit their fiber intake to 7-10 grams per day. Pay close attention to the labels on the foods you eat.
Low Fiber Diet Food List
If your doctor advises that you observe a low-fiber diet, here are a few low-fiber foods that you can eat and some high-fiber foods that you should avoid or restrict.
Always make sure to choose foods that you would ordinarily enjoy eating.
If you have tried a food type and experienced distress or bad symptoms, as a result, avoid that particular food in the future.
Keep in mind that your doctor may recommend an even more restrictive diet that does not include foods listed here based on the intensity of your symptoms.
Selecting low-fiber vegetables can be challenging as most are naturally high in fiber.
However, the following veggies are low in fiber and will not cause you any problems if taken in moderation and if your body does not react well to them, then eliminate them from your diet.
Asparagus without the fibrous base
Tender, well-cooked fresh or canned vegetables without seeds, stems, or skins.
Cooked sweet or white potatoes without skins
Strained vegetable juices without pulp or spices
Skinless and boneless poultry breast
Smooth peanut butter
Tender cuts of beef
Consume milk and other dairy products in small to moderate amounts and only if they do not cause you any complications.
Custard or pudding
Ice cream or frozen desserts (without nuts)
You can incorporate these ingredients into various baked goods, including desserts and snacks.
Grains, Bread, and Cereals
Plain white rolls
White bread toast
Plain pasta or noodles
Crackers, zwieback, Melba, and Matzoh
Cereals without whole grains, added fiber, seeds, raisins, or dried fruit.
When following a low-fiber diet and baking, use white flour; ensure grains like rice, cream of wheat, and grits are well-cooked.
Fruit juices without pulp
Ripened banana in small amounts
Strained or clear juices
Mild salad dressings
Oils in small amounts
Plain bouillon and broth
Ketchup and mild mustard
Salt in moderation
Cookies and other desserts without whole grains, dried fruit, berries, nuts, or coconut
Serving suggestions include gelatins, milkshakes, frozen desserts, puddings, tapioca, cakes, and sauces.
It is important to remember that low-fiber diets result in fewer bowel motions and smaller stool sizes.
If you are following a low-fiber diet, you may find that you need to drink more fluids to prevent constipation.
Drink plenty of water unless your doctor advises you otherwise, and consume juices and milk in the manner described above. The other safe beverages are:
Carbonated beverages in moderation
Apple, cranberry, and orange juices without pulp or seeds
Strained vegetable juices
Foods to Avoid On a Low Fiber Diet
The following foods might irritate your digestive system, so it is advisable to eliminate them from your low fiber diet until you are well enough to consume them.
Raw or dried prunes, cherries, raisins, figs, and pineapple
Almost all raw and cooked vegetables
Corn (and cornbread)
Potatoes with skins
Other bean types
Hard meats with gristle
Smoked or cured deli meats
Cheddar cheese topped with seeds, almonds, or fruit
Fruit juices with pulp or seeds, prune juice, and pear nectar are examples of such beverages.
Coconut, seeds, and nuts are found in several foods such as bread, cereal, sweets, and confectionery.
Whole-grain items, such as bread, cereals, crackers, pasta, rice, and kasha, are good sources of fiber.
It is possible to reduce your bowel motions by eating a low-fiber diet.
This diet is designed to alleviate symptoms of gastrointestinal conditions, such as diarrhea and stomach cramps.
As soon as your digestive system is back to normal, you can gradually add fiber back into your diet.
A low-fiber diet restricts your food choices, making it more difficult to achieve your nutritional demands consistently.
Follow a low-fiber diet strictly according to the duration recommended by your doctor.
If you must adhere to this diet for a longer time, speak with a certified dietitian to ensure that your nutritional requirements are being addressed.
Printable Low Fiber Foods List (PDF)
|Low Fiber Foods List
|Asparagus without the fibrous base
|Tender, well-cooked fresh or canned vegetables without seeds, stems, or skins
|Cooked sweet or white potatoes without skins
|Strained vegetable juices without pulp or spices
|Skinless and boneless poultry breast
|Smooth peanut butter
|Tender cuts of beef
|Custard or pudding
|Ice cream or frozen desserts (without nuts)
|Grains, Bread, and Cereals
|Plain white rolls
|White bread toast
|Plain pasta or noodles
|Crackers, zwieback, Melba, and Matzoh
|Cereals without whole grains, added fiber, seeds, raisins, or dried fruit.
|Fruit juices without pulp
|Ripened banana in small amounts
|Strained or clear juices
|Mild salad dressings
|Oils in small amounts
|Plain bouillon and broth
|Ketchup and mild mustard
|Salt in moderation
|Cookies and other desserts without whole grains, dried fruit, berries, nuts, or coconut
|Carbonated beverages in moderation
|Apple, cranberry, and orange juices without pulp or seeds
|Strained vegetable juices
|Foods to Avoid On a Low Fiber Diet
|Raw or dried, prunes, cherries, raisins, figs, and pineapple
|Almost all raw and cooked vegetables
|Corn (and cornbread)
|Potatoes with skins
|Other bean types
|Hard meats with gristle
|Smoked or cured deli meats
|Cheddar cheese topped with seeds, almonds, or fruit
|Fruit juices with pulp or seeds, prune juice, and pear nectar are examples of such beverages
|Coconut, seeds, and nuts found in several foods such as bread, cereal, sweets, and confectionery
|Whole-grain items, such as bread, cereals, crackers, pasta, rice, and kasha, are good sources of fiber