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Low Fiber Diet

Fiber Restricted Diet

A fiber-restricted diet is for individuals who are suffering from abdominal cramping and diarrhea and need to decrease their fiber intake.  

Food Category

Recommended Foods

Foods that May Cause Discomfort

Breads, Cereals, Rice, and Pasta

Refined breads, biscuits, rolls, pancakes, waffles, crackers

Refined cooked cereals such as farina and grits

Refined cold cereals such as puffed wheat, puffed rice, and cornflakes

White rice and refined pasta

Oatmeal; any whole-grain, bran, or granola cereal; any cereal containing nuts, seeds, coconut, or dried fruit


Most canned or cooked fruits, applesauce, fruit cocktail, ripe banana, peeled apples, melons, grapefruit and orange sections with the membranes removed, strained fruit juice (pulp-free fruit juice)

Dried fruit; raw fruits with membranes and seeds grapes, kiwi; all berries; any juice containing fruit or vegetable pulp; prune juice


Well-cooked and canned vegetables without seeds, vegetables with the skin removed, strained vegetable juice, lettuce if tolerated

Winter squash, sauerkraut, corn, peas, most raw vegetables and vegetables with seeds

Meats, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans and Peas, Eggs, Nuts

Ground or well-cooked meat, tender beef, ham, lamb, pork, veal, fish, poultry, organ meats; eggs; creamy peanut butter

Tough, fibrous meats with gristle, any meat made with whole-grain ingredients, seeds or nuts; dried beans, legumes, lentils or peas; chunky peanut butter

Milk and Milk Products, Yogurt, and Cheese

Milk (as tolerated), cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, pudding

Yogurt containing seeds or fruit peels, seeded cheeses, pudding with nuts

Fats, Snacks, Sweets, Condiments, and Beverages






Margarine, butter, salad oils and dressings, mayonnaise;

Bouillon, broth, or cream soups made with allowed ingredients

Plain cakes and cookies made with all-purpose flour; pie made with allowed fruits; plain sherbet, frozen pops, gelatin, custard, fruit ice; jelly, plain hard candy, marshmallows; frozen yogurt and ice cream (as tolerated)

Ketchup, mustard, vinegar
Coffee, tea, and carbonated beverages

Any made with whole-grain ingredients, seeds, nuts, coconut, or dried fruit

Nuts, seeds, and popcorn, pickles

Jam and marmalade



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Sample Menu


  • Follow this diet on a temporary basis only. Once symptoms disappear, resume a normal diet.

  • Avoid any foods made with nuts, seeds, coconut, and raw or dried fruit.

  • Buy breads and cereals made from refined wheat and rice.

  • Remove the skin from vegetables before cooking.

  • Buy pulp-free juices.

  • Remove peel and membranes from fruit.



          Pulp-free orange juice (¾cup)

          Puffed wheat cereal (¾cup)

          1 ripe banana

          White bread toast (2 slices)

               with margarine (2 tsp)

               and jelly (2 tsp)

          Milk (1 cup)

          Coffee or tea (as tolerated)


          Tomato soup (made with water) (1 cup)

               with saltine crackers (2)

          Lean hamburger (3 oz) on bun (1)

                with ketchup and mustard (1 tbsp each)

          Canned fruit cocktail (½cup)

          Milk (1 cup)


         Vanilla wafer cookies (4)

         Apple juice


          Broiled skinless chicken breast (3 oz)

          White rice (½ cup)

          Canned green beans (½ cup)

          White roll (1) with margarine (2 tsp)

          Low-fat frozen yogurt (½ cup)

          Coffee or tea (as tolerated)                

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