Low Fiber Low Residue Diet

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A low fiber low residue diet is used to help patients suffering with diverticulitis and other inflammatory bowel diseases especially when they are experiencing flare ups. Apart from that the diets can be used either before or after a surgery to reduce the volume and frequency of bowel movements. An intake of fiber that is less than 10 grams daily is considered to be a low fiber low residue diet.

To have a healthy body a diet high in fiber is recommended since it will help to regulate bowel movements and reduce blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Although a low fiber low residue diet can help people with IBDs the diet is recommended for short periods only.

Low Fiber Low Residue Diet

Understanding the Difference between a Low Fiber Diet and a Low Residue Diet

Although the terms "low-residue diet" and "low-fiber diet" are sometimes used interchangeably there are some differences in the diets. For one thing the low residue diet can be a lot more restrictive. For instance some foods that are low in fiber can lead to increased residue or even increase the frequency of bowel movements. Coffee and tea are just two examples of this. Conversely there are some low residue foods such as processed bran which has high fiber content. While the low fiber diet may allow for the use of some fresh fruits (no skin or seeds) the low residue will restrict the use of raw fruits calling instead for canned or cooked vegetables and fruits. The point is that although the foods on both diets are somewhat similar there are some differences so care must be taken when using both terms. With this is mind it is important to ask your physician to specify which diet your circumstance really calls for.

Both diets will minimize the amount of dietary fiber and the residue producing food that the body receives. The body cannot digest fiber (which comes from plant foods) and so the undigested parts called residue are what go toward the formation of stools. When you limit your daily fiber intake there is a reduction in the amount of food that goes to the larger intestine and therefore the quantity and size of stools is reduced. This reduction in the amount of stools is just what IBD sufferers need to get relief from abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Patients who have to go on low residue diets are usually advised to take some form of daily supplements since they would miss key recommended daily nutrients with this diet.

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