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Low Residue Diet

What is a Low Residue Diet?

Low residue diet is designed to minimize the amount of faeces in the bowel, with the intention to produce fewer, smaller bowel movements.
A low residue diet may be recommended in the following situation:
  • To prepare your bowel for investigations, such as colonoscopy. This ensures that the prepartion is clean and an accurate diagnostic test may be performed.
  • Before and/or after elective surgery on your large intestine.
  • To help the bowel rest during you recovery from conditions such as acute diverticulitis, colitis or intestinal obstruction.
A low residue diet is usually temporary as it is lacking several vital nutrients. As your digestive system returns to normal function, fibre can be slowly reintroduced into your diet.
Foods Recommended Foods to Avoid
  • Vegetable juice, strained
  • All vegetables
  • Vegetable sauces
  • Fruit juice, strained
  • Avacado
  • All other fruits
  • Coconut flesh, dessicated coconut
  • White rice/ porridge/ bread
  • Refined pasta and noodles e.g. beehoon, egg noodles
  • Idli, naan, thosai
  • Plain biscuits
  • Plain refined cereals e.g. cornflakes, rice bubbles
Rice & Alternatives
  • Brown rice/ porridge
  • Wholemeal pasta and noodles
  • Wholemeal/ wholegrain bread and biscuits, high fibre white bread
  • Bread / biscuits/ cereals containing dried fruits or nuts
  • Chapati, vadai
  • Bran, oats, muesli, granola, quinoa, millets
  • Fish, meats, poultry and seafood, well cooked and tender
  • Eggs
  • Tofu / taukwa
Meat & Alternatives
  • Tough/ deep fried fish, meats, poultry and seafood
  • Processed, cured meat e.g. sausage, lap cheong, salami
  • Beans & lentils
  • Nuts & seeds
  • Yoghurt*, cheese*
  • Plain jelly / soya bean curd
  • Dessert soups, strained
  • Plain cake
  • Sorbet, ice pops
  • Lollies, toffee, caramels
  • Plain chocolate
Snacks & Desserts
  • Desserts containing fruits/ nuts e.g. fruit tart / fruit jelly
  • Dessert soups e.g. red / green bean soups, barley soup
  • Chocolate with nuts and fruits
  • Popcorn
  • Potato/ vegetables/ fruits chips
  • Desserts containing dairy* e.g. ice cream, cheesecake, custard
  • Desserts containing coconut milk*
  • Butter, margarine
  • Smooth jam with no seeds / pulp, Smooth peanut
  • Seasoning sauces e.g. soya sauce, oyster sauce etc
  • Salt, pepper
  • Plain tomato ketchup / chilli sauce / mustard
  • Jam with fruit bits & seeds
  • Crunchy peanut butter
  • Chilli sauce / mustard with seeds
  • Coconut milk / coconut cream
  • Dried herbs, garnish e.g. parsley, spring onions etc
  • Water
  • Broth
  • Milk*, milk shakes*, smoothies*, yoghurt drinks*
  • Soy milk*
  • Malted drinks* e.g. Milo / Horlicks
  • Dark coloured liquids* e.g. coffee, tea, prune/ tomato juice
*Keep in mind that this diet may cause fewer bowel movements and smaller stools. You may need to drink extra fluids to help prevent constipation. Drink plenty of fluid, including oral nutritional supplements, milk, soymilk and juices as mentioned above unless advised otherwise.
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