Low Residue Diet


Remember this diet is ONLY for days 2 and 3 before your procedure! You must not have ANY solid food the day before your test, clear liquids only!


Beverages:

  • Carbonated beverages
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Milk (limit of two glasses per day)

Bread:

  • Enriched white bread
  • Seedless
  • Rye
  • Cornbread
  • Rusk
  • Saltines
  • Soda crackers
  • Zwieback

Cereal:

  • Cooked refined cereals as Cream of Wheat, Farina, strained oatmeal, grits
  • Dry prepared cereal from corn, oat or rice

Cheese:

  • American processed
  • Cottage
  • Cream
  • Plain yogurt as part of milk allowance

Desserts and sweets:

  • Cakes - angel food, chiffon, plain, pound, sponge
  • Plain cookies
  • Gelatin
  • Plain sherbets
  • Fruit whip from pureed fruits
  • Plain mild desserts
  • Custard
  • Ice cream
  • Milk puddings prepared from milk allowance
  • Whipped topping
  • Sugar
  • Clear jelly
  • Honey
  • Syrups
  • Hard candies
  • Milk chocolate
  • Gumdrops
  • Marshmallows

Meat, fish, poultry, eggs:

  • Eggs - soft, scrambled, fried or boiled
  • Meat cooking methods - baked, broiled, creamed, or stewed
  • Meat types - very tender beef, chicken, lamb, liver, fish, tuna, turkey, salmon, veal, lean pork, crisp bacon, canned ham, shellfish

Fruit:

  • Ripe bananas
  • Bakes apple (without skin)
  • Cooked or canned fruits without skins or seeds
  • Applesauce
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Peeled apricots
  • Jellied cranberry sauce
  • All strained juices

Vegetables:

  • Whole tender carrots
  • Beets
  • Asparagus tips
  • Strained vegetables such as wax or green beans
  • Green peas
  • Spinach
  • Yellow squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Vegetable juices

Potatoes or substitutes:

  • White potatoes - boiled, baked, creamed, escalloped, mashed
  • Grits
  • Macaroni
  • Noodles
  • Rice
  • Spaghetti
  • Strained sweet potatoes

Salad:

  • Gelatin
  • Fruits and vegetables prepared from allowed foods

Soup:

  • Broth
  • Boullion
  • Soups made from allowed foods;
  • Strained cream soups made from milk and vegetable allowances

Fats:

  • Butter
  • Cream and cream substitutes
  • Margarine
  • Mild mayonnaise
  • Gravies
  • Vegetable oils

Miscellaneous:

  • Salt
  • Cream sauce
  • Catsup
  • Flavorings
  • Lemon juice
  • Paprika
  • Vinegar
  • Smooth peanut butter