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Low Residue Diet Preparation

Your physician may direct you to eat a low residue diet prior to your procedure.

  • 3 days prior to your procedure, begin eating only those foods listed as acceptable below.

  • Day before your procedure (Starting at 6pm) follow instructions for the prep you were prescribed



Milk and Dairy



  • Low fat milk

  • Cream

  • Hot chocolate

  • Buttermilk

  • Cheese, including cottage cheese

  • Yogurt

  • Sour Cream

Not Allowed

  • High Fat Dairy


Bread and Grains



  • Breads and grains made with refined white flower (including rolls, muffins, bagels, and pasta)

  • White rice

  • Plain crackers, such as Saltines

  • Low Fiber cereal (including puffed rice, cream of wheat, corn flakes)

Not Allowed

  • Brown or wile rice

  • Whole grain bread, rolls, pasta, or crackers

  • Whole grain or high-fiber cereal (including granola, raisin bran, oatmeal)

  • Bread or cereal with nuts or seeds



  • Chicken

  • Turkey

  • Lamb

  • Lean Pork

  • Veal

  • Fish and Seafood

Not Allowed

  • No tough meat with gristle



  • None Allowed




  • Fruit juice

  • Applesauce

  • Ripe cantaloupe and honeydew

  • Ripe, peeled apricots and peaches

  • Canned or cooked fruit without seeds or skin

Not Allowed

  • Raw fruit with seeds, skin, or membranes (including berries, pineapple, apples, oranges, watermelon)

  • Any cooked or canned fruit with seeds or skin

  • Raisins or other dried fruit




  • Canned or cooked vegetables without skin or peel (includes peeled carrots, mushrooms, turnips, asparagus tips)

  • Potatoes without skin

  • Cucumbers without seeds or peel

Not Allowed

  • Corn

  • Potatoes with skin

  • Tomatoes

  • Cucumbers with seeds and peel

  • Cooked cabbage or brussel sprouts

  • Green peas

  • Summer and winter squash

  • Lima beans

  • Onions


Fats and Oils


  • Butter

  • Margarine

  • Vegetable or other oils

  • Mayonnaise

  • Salad dressings made without seeds or nuts

Not Allowed

  • Fish oil

  • Salad dressing made with seeds or nuts





  • Broth, bouillon, consommé, and strained soups

  • Milk or cream-based soup, strained

Not Allowed

  • Unstrained soups

  • Chili

  • Lentil soup

  • Dried bean soup

  • Corn soup

  • Pea soup




  • Custard and plain pudding

  • Ice cream and sherbet or sorbet

  • Jello/gelatin, without added fruit or red/purple dye

  • Cookies/cake made with white flour, prepared without seeds, dried fruit, or nuts

Not Allowed

  • Coconut

  • Anything with seeds or nuts

  • Anything with red or purple dye added

  • Cookies or cakes made with whole grain flour, seeds, dried fruits, or nuts



  • Coffee

  • Tea

  • Hot chocolate or cocoa

  • Clear fruit drinks (no pulp)

  • Soda and other carbonated beverages

  • Ensure, Boost, or Enlivens without added fiber

Not Allowed

  • Fruit or vegetable juice with pulp

  • Beverages with red/purple dye



  • Sugar

  • Salt

  • Jelly

  • Honey

  • Syrup

  • Lemon Juice

  • Eggs

  • Tofu

  • Creamy peanut or almond butter

Not Allowed

  • Coconut

  • Popcorn

  • Jam

  • Marmalade

  • Relishes

  • Pickles

  • Olives

  • Stone ground mustard

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