Dietary fiber is the part of fruits, vegetables and grains that the body does not digest. A low-fiber diet limits these foods. As a result, the amount of undigested food passing through the large intestine is limited and the stool volume is reduced. Low-fiber diets are recommended for a variety of diseases and conditions. Sometimes we talk about a low-fiber diet.
The goal of a low-fiber diet
You should follow a low-fiber diet if you have narrowing of the intestine due to a tumor or inflammatory disease. or if you have had intestinal surgery. A low-fiber diet is also recommended if you are undergoing treatment, such as radiation therapy, that damages or irritates your digestive system. When your digestive system returns to normal, you can usually add fiber to your diet at a slower rate.
A low-fiber diet limits the variety of vegetables, fruits, and grains you eat. You can also limit your intake of milk and dairy products. Although milk does not contain fiber, it can cause discomfort and diarrhea, especially if you are lactose intolerant.
People differ in their ability to digest food. Depending on your condition and tolerance, your doctor may recommend a more or less restrictive diet. If you are on a low-fiber diet, read food labels. Surprising foods like yogurt, ice cream, cereal, and drinks can contain fiber. Look for foods with no more than 1 to 2 g of fiber per serving.
Foods to avoid
Avoid those foods and products that contain dietary fiber. These are nuts, seeds, dried fruits and coconuts. Whole grains, popcorn, fetus, and wheat should also be avoided. You should also avoid brown rice, Canadian rice, oatmeal, refined wheat, quinoa, bulgur, and barley. Finally, you should exclude from your diet the following foods: dry beans, baked beans, kidney beans, peas, lentils, peanut butter (in pieces), fruits and vegetables (except for some).
Foods you should eat
Please choose the following foods: lean meat, fish, poultry, pork, bacon, shellfish, eggs, and tofu. If you tolerate dairy products, you can eat some. You can eat white rice and pasta. Bakery products made of refined wheat or rye flour, such as bread, biscuits, pies and pies, are allowed. Cereals with a fiber content of less than 2 g are accepted per serving, for example, cereals with rice.