To provide a diet with a minimum of fiber and connective tissue to prevent obstruction in patients with narrowed esophageal or intestinal lumens. It has use in acute phases of diverticulosis, ulcerative colitis and other colon conditions, in some cases of esophageal varices, and after radiation to the colon.

Depending upon the food choices made, the diet should be adequate in all nutrients except fiber. Fiber-restricted diets are associated with small, infrequent stools and high pressure inside the colon.


170 – 280 Grams
75 – 90 Grams
80 – 100 Grams
1700 - 2400

NOTE: Commercial tube feeding and supplementary formulas, which are not milk-based, are very low in residue and are suitable for this diet. They can be ordered to supplement the diet of nutritionally depleted patients without adding residue.

Diet Principles
Foods with substantial amounts of crude fiber are restricted. Grain products are highly refined, and fruit and vegetables are cooked and free from tough skin, obvious fibrous tissue and seeds.

Food Group

Foods Allowed

Foods to Avoid


Milk, carbonated beverages, coffee, decaffeinated coffee, tea, Postum, lemonade, fruit-flavored beverages. Supplementary liquids, such as Ensure, Sustacal.

Prune juice. Drinks made from foods not allowed.


Limited to two (2) cups daily, including that used in cooking

Bread and Cereal

White enriched bread, French bread, melba toast, bagels, English muffins, cornbread biscuits, banana bread, cinnamon bread, French toast, pancakes, waffles, breadsticks, muffins, pastry shells, popovers, rolls and buns. Saltines and similar crackers. Refined cereals, such as Cream of Wheat, Cream of Rice, Farina, Malt-O-Meal, Rice Krispies, Cheerios, Corn-flakes, Special K, and Puffed Rice. Macaroni, spaghetti, and noodles made from enriched white flour. White rice, tapioca.

Breads, crackers, and cereals made from bran, whole grains, cracked wheat, buckwheat, seeds, nuts, dried fruit, granola, wheat germ, oatmeal, or those with added fiber. “High fiber” bread made with methyl cellulose or other bulking agent. Corn chips, tortillas, brown rice, whole grain pasta products.


Plain cakes and cookies made from enriched white flour. Gelatin made with allowed fruit. Plain puddings, custard, ice cream, sherbert, ices, Popsicles, ice cream cones. Cream pies made with allowed foods. Whipped cream, whipped toppings.

Desserts containing whole grain products, coconut, nuts, dried fruit, wheat germ, granola, oatmeal, seeds or peanut butter.


Butter, margarine, vegetable oil, mayonnaise, cream, bacon, plain cream gravy, plain brown gravy, shortening, cream cheese, plain salad dressings made with allowed foods.

Nuts, olives, salad dressings containing seeds or other ingredients not allowed.


All fruit juices. Applesauce, tender cooked apricots, cherries, strained cranberry sauce, mandarin oranges, peaches. Orange and grapefruit sections, if all membrane is removed.

All others