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Digestive Health: Low Fiber Diet (381)

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Low Fiber Diet
A diet low in fiber may be recommended if you have chronic diarrhea, colitis, intestinal obstructions, just had
surgery, or have other problems in your stomach or intestines. Fiber in food is not digested. Fiber may
increase how often you have bowel movements and increase the amount of gas you make. This diet will help
you have fewer and smaller bowel movements with less pressure, cramping and pain. It can also help to
prevent bowel obstructions.

Fiber is found in plant foods. Fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. The
amount of fiber in a certain food is not changed by cooking, grinding or pureeing the food.

Use the following tips to help limit fiber in your day.

Grains, Starches

Foods Recommended Foods to Avoid Tips
White breads, rolls, biscuits,
muffins, and crackers without
seeds and nuts
White Rice
White Pasta

Any bread product or
pasta made with whole
grains or bran.
Any product made with
high amount of seeds,
dried fruit, coconut, or
Brown rice and 100%
wild rice.
Check food labels and limit
portion sizes when choosing
whole grains or high fiber

Avoid any products with 3 or
more grams of fiber per

Cereals Cereals with less than 3 grams
of fiber per serving like Corn
Flakes® or Rice Krispies®.
Refined cooked cereals like
cream of wheat or farina.
Whole grain or bran
Granola and oatmeal
High fiber cereal bars
Check food labels and limit
portion sizes when choosing
whole grain or high fiber

Avoid any products with 3 or
more grams of fiber per

Fruits Canned and Watermelon and
ripe banana.
Fruit juice
Dried fruits
Fresh fruit
Fruit juice with pulp,
prune juice
Fruit with skin like
grapes, blueberries, and
Peeling fruits can help
decrease some fiber.


Foods Recommended Foods to Avoid Tips
Mashed potatoes
Vegetables without skins or
Vegetable juice
Cooked greens or spinach
High fiber vegetables like
peas and corn
Fresh vegetables
Eating vegetables without
skin or seeds can help to
decrease some fiber.
Dried Beans,
None Kidney, garbanzo, black,
navy, soy and pinto

Meats, Poultry,
Fish, Eggs, Nuts,
Meats, poultry, eggs and fish
Smooth peanut butter and nut
butters. Eat no more than 1
tablespoon at a time.
Nuts and seeds
Crunchy nut butters
Check labels of vegetable and
soy burgers for fiber content.
Avoid any products with 3 or
more grams of fiber per
Dairy Milk, cheese, yogurt, sour
cream, and any dairy products
as tolerated.

Drinks Coffee and tea
Carbonated beverages
Fruit juices
Prune juice
Fats Butter, margarine, olive oil,
vegetable oil, meat gravies,
and salad dressings made
without fruits, nuts, or seeds

Desserts Sugar, honey, molasses, corn
syrup, and jelly.
Sherbet, frozen yogurt, ice
cream, and popsicles made
without fruits, seeds, or nuts.
Cookies, pastries, pies,
puddings, custards, and candy
made without fruit, seeds, or
Any dessert or sweet
made with high amount
of nuts, seeds, or coconut.

Miscellaneous Salt, pepper, ketchup,
mustard, vinegar, herbs,
cream sauces and spices.
Dishes made with high
fiber fruits, vegetables, or

Teach Back:

What is the most important thing you learned from this handout?

What changes will you make in your diet/lifestyle, based on what you learned today?

If you are a UW Health patient and have more questions please contact UW Health at one of the phone numbers
listed below. You can also visit our website at www.uwhealth.org/nutrition.

Nutrition clinics for UW Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) and American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) can
be reached at: (608) 890-5500

Nutrition clinics for UW Medical Foundation (UWMF) can be reached at: (608) 287-2770

Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you have any questions. If
this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This is not medical advice. This is not to be
used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your
doctor or others on your health care team when using this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 7/2017
University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority. All rights reserved. Produced by the Clinical Nutrition Services Department and
the Department of Nursing. HF#381