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Last post Feb 09, 2012 12:13 PM by latinrose . 4 replies.

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    My husband is going through colon surgery and has to be on a low residue diet for a while.   does anyone have recipes that will help me cook good meals for him??

  • Re: low residue or fiber recipes

    So nice to meet you Patty,I can`t help you right now,but I`m sure you`ll get some help from someone on this BB soon.

    Good luck.


    Sending prayers to your husband and you.Right Hug



  • Re: low residue or fiber recipes

    Hi Patty, (and Rosie)

    I had never heard of that type of diet so had to look it up. Dh went through colon surgery almost 2 years ago and they never mentioned this to us so was especially interested. All I can say is CRUD, why didn't they tell us about any of this? But any way, was curious so for now looked it up and found this. You probably already have this type information but it's a good place to start for now. And am going to print this out for us too. Good luck!!



    Low residue diet can be attributed as a special kind of diet as it is not recommended for general reasons. People who have had abdominal surgery or are suffering from certain digestive conditions like diverticulitis or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), are the ones who are recommended to follow a low residue diet. High residue foods are ones which contain high amounts of the undigested parts of plants. These substances are not easily digested by the body and therefore they cause the digestive system to work harder thus, increase the burden on the bowels. So, when intake of such substances are limited, the size and number of stools are reduced. This in turn, aids in providing relief to the digestive system post surgery and help in managing the symptoms of medical conditions such as the ones mentioned above. This kind of diet also soothes symptoms such as abdominal pain and diarrhea, which are usually the result or let's say, manifestation of medical conditions like IBD. In short, the main aim behind a low residue diet is to help the intestines rest. The rest of the article would help you know about what the various low residue foods, and those which are high in residue.

    List of Low Residue Foods

    The list of low residue diet food given below comprises various vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy, meat and poultry products, an alphabetical order.

    • Alfalfa sprouts
    • Applesauce
    • Apricots
    • Arrowroot cookies
    • Bagels
    • Banana
    • Beans (green/yellow)
    • Beets
    • Broth-based soups
    • Buns
    • Butter
    • Canned fruit cocktail
    • Cantaloupe
    • Carrots
    • Celery
    • Chips
    • Clear jellies
    • Crackers
    • Cucumber
    • Eggs
    • English muffins
    • Fish
    • Ground meat
    • Honeydew melon
    • Jelly
    • Lettuce
    • Margarine
    • Mayonnaise
    • Mushrooms
    • Noodles
    • Oil
    • Peaches
    • Peanut butter (smooth)
    • Peppers (green/red)
    • Plain bouillon and broth
    • Plain cereals
    • Plain chocolate
    • Plain melba toast
    • Potatoes
    • Pretzels
    • Refined breads
    • Pasta
    • Salad dressings
    • Squash
    • Sweet or white potatoes without skins
    • Syrup
    • Tender meat
    • Tofu
    • Vegetable juices (without seed or pulp)
    • Waffles
    • Watermelon
    • White bread
    • White rice
    • Yogurt
    • Zucchini

    Besides the above items, people can also go for milk, buttermilk, ice cream, cheese, sour cream, pudding,and casseroles. However, such items should be eaten in small to moderate quantity, and must be avoided if they should cause any bowel problems or allergic reactions. Apart from knowing about the low residue foods, it is also an added advantage if you are also aware of foods that are high in residue, so that they can be avoided.

    Foods To Avoid

    • Berries
    • Broccoli
    • Bran
    • Brussels sprouts
    • Cabbage
    • Cauliflower
    • Coconut
    • Corn bread
    • Dried fruit
    • Granola
    • Kale
    • Kasha
    • Marmalade
    • Peanut butter
    • Prune juice
    • Raisins
    • Seeds and nuts
    • Swiss chard
    • Tough or coarse meats
    • Vegetable sauces
    • Wheat germ
    • Whole fruits
    • Whole grains
    • Whole vegetables

    Some Simple Low Residue Food Recipes

    # 1. To start with the day, get yourself one-half cup cereal with milk. Add about 8 oz. of fresh pulp-less fruit juice. As a snack, enjoy 2 slices of refined white bread, with honey. Add about 8 oz. of vegetable juice.

    # 2. Then follows lunch. Here you can treat yourself with foods mentioned in the low residue food list such as, white rice (one-half cup), broiled fish (3 oz.) and fruit juice (8 oz. without pulp).

    # 3. For the next snack, you can try a cup of yogurt and 8 oz. of vegetable juice. And finally, dinner time may include broth-based soup, broiled chicken (3 oz.), fruit juice (8 oz.) and low-fiber pasta (1 cup). Butter can also be added.

    So, this was about the low residue diet food list, and about the ones which must be kept out of the menu. What I did not mention was about the nutrient content of a low residue diet. As it is obvious to say, such a diet is not enough to provide all the nutrients essential for overall health of the body. This is the reason why, it must not be followed for a longer period of time. And if you should stay on this diet for medical reasons, you must consult your health care provider about how can you ensure that your body's nutritional requirements are met sufficiently through other alternatives. Supplements could be an obvious choice, but it is safer to discuss their use with a medical expert. Take care!

    Last Updated: 9/16/2011





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    Nice job Jillie.Right Hug



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    Thanks for this info. DH is having trouble right now and we haven't been able to find a list. I did tell him some of the items listed but it's better when he sees it from someone else. I used to have a hospital diet manual that listed all of this stuff but DH misplaced it years ago so we no longer have this information. Thank you again. latinrose

    There is a destiny that makes us brothers, No one goes their way alone, All that we bring into the lives of others, Comes back into our own. "Guiding Light" latinrose