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A low-fibre diet contains foods that don't create much waste (stool). This diet slows down your bowels and gives them a chance to rest.
Fibre is the part of plants that your body can't digest. It gives bulk to your diet and helps you feel full. It also helps you have regular bowel movements.
But a low-fibre diet is often needed after bowel surgery or when you have a flare-up of a bowel problem. You might be asked to follow this diet if you have Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, or another condition that can cause swelling, pain, or narrowing of your bowels.
In some cases, you may start with a liquid diet (no solid food) and then add low-fibre foods.
Depending on your health condition, you may eat low-fibre foods for just a short time. Or you may need to follow this diet for a long time.
You may need to take extra vitamins and minerals while you're on this diet. Your doctor or dietitian will let you know if you need these supplements.
You can eat most types of food on a low-fibre diet, including meats, white breads, and cooked fruits and vegetables. Your doctor or dietitian can tell you how much fibre you can eat each day.
Here are some examples of low-fibre foods:
Here are some foods you should not eat while on a low-fibre diet:
Adaptation Date: 9/21/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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