Low Residue Diet


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Low Residue Diet


This diet gives you a good variety of foods so it should not become tiresome. High-fiber or high-roughage foods are not used. Foods with some fiber in them (fruits and vegetables) should be well cooked. Milk does not have any fiber that you can see. Milk, however, does leave some residue in your colon after it is digested. This is why milk is limited to two cups a day. FOOD GROUP




Coffee – regular and decaffeinated, tea

Soda (Coke, 7Up, etc.)

Buttermilk, milk – skim, 1%, 2%, whole

Limit milk to 2 cups a day, including milk used in cooking

Milk in excess of 2 cups


White, light rye, finely milled whole wheat bread or rolls Saltines, cheese crackers, Zwieback

Bread, rolls or crackers with bran, seeds or nuts

Date, raisin, nut or pumpernickel breads

Doughnuts, graham crackers


Refined cooked cereals such as Cream of Wheat, Cream of Rice, oatmeal. Refined dry cereals such as corn flakes, Rice Krispies, puffed rice.

Whole grain cereals

Dry wheat, oat or barley cereals


Cream cheese and cottage cheese. Mild Swiss, American and Cheddar cheeses used in flavoring other foods only, such as in macaroni and cheese.

Avoid all others

Desserts & Sweets

Plain milk puddings, custards, ice cream

These desserts must be included in the 2-cup milk allowance.

Sherbet. Plain cakes and pies. Flavored gelatin – plain or with allowed fruits. Plain candy, sugar, honey, clear jelly, syrup, marshmallows.

Avoid any made with nuts, coconut, seeds, berries and restricted fruits Jams, preserves or marmalade


In moderate amounts: Mayonnaise, butter, cream, vegetable oils, shortening and crisp bacon

None, except spicy salad dressings


Any fruit juice

Cooked or canned: Grapefruit or orange sections with no membrane; peeled and baked apples, applesauce, apricots, pears, peaches, cherries. Raw banana, avocado.

No more than 3 servings a day

Note: Prune juice may need to be

avoided if diarrhea is a problem

Avoid all fruits not listed