Low fiber diet (1351)

Key points below

Fiber is a healthy part of a normal diet.  Foods high in fiber may be harder to digest. Sometimes a low fiber diet may be needed for a short time to help with an illness. 

Why do I need a low fiber diet?  

You may need a low fiber diet (also known as fiber-restricted or low residue diet) to rest your intestines.  This diet also helps to prevent blockage of a narrowed intestinal tract.  

Points to keep in mind:


Suggested foods: Strained fruit drinks, carbonated drinks, coffee, tea, milk.

May cause distress: Any drinks with fruit or vegetable pulp. 

Breads, cereals and starches

Suggested foods: 

May cause distress: 

Milk and dairy products

Suggested foods: Milk, smooth yogurt, ice cream, cheese.

May cause distress: Yogurt with fruit, seeds or granola.


Suggested foods: Most canned or cooked fruits, applesauce, fruit cocktail, banana.

May cause distress: Dried fruit including raisins; all berries, most raw fruit.


Suggested foods: Most well-cooked and canned vegetables without seeds; lettuce if tolerated, strained vegetable juice.

May cause distress: Sauerkraut; winter squash; peas, corn; most raw vegetables. Vegetables with seeds like beans, cucumbers and zucchini.

Meat and meat substitutes

Suggested foods: Ground or well-cooked, tender beef, lamb, ham, veal, pork, poultry, fish, organ meats, eggs, tofu.

May cause distress: Any meat made with whole-grains, seeds, or nuts; dried beans, baked beans, pea, lentils, legumes, peanut butter.

Fats and desserts

Suggested foods:

May cause distress:


Suggested foods: Salt, pepper, sugar, spices, herbs, vinegar, ketchup, mustard.

May cause distress: Nuts, coconut, seeds, pickles, and popcorn.

Sample menu for Fiber-Restricted Diet

Breakfast: Grape juice, puffed rice cereal, canned pears, white bread toast, butter, jelly, 2% milk

Lunch: Lean beef patty, Hamburger bun without seeds, Mustard, Ketchup, Canned peaches, Vanilla wafers, 2% milk

Dinner: Apple juice, Baked chicken strips, White rice, Cooked carrots, White dinner roll, Butter, Sherbet ½ cup, 2% milk

If you want a snack, choose something from the suggested food list.





Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.